Today's reading includes the injunction "Shout with joy." When we think of the splendor of God, when we realize that His ultimate plan is a relationship with us, there is little else we can do.
To think that the Lord of the universe is interested in us, each and every one of us, as individuals is almost too much to comprehend. He loves each of us as if we were His only child. In fact, the Gospel of John tells us that He loves us as much as He loves Himself in the person of Jesus.
Wrapping one's mind around the thought that God the Father loves me as much as He loves Jesus, the Son, is nearly impossible. The magnitude of God's love for us is overwhelming.
How are we to respond to such a love? What can we do or say that would adequately show Him our appreciation, our gratitude?
The only way is to become a channel of God's love to the rest of the world. Some of His children do not know Him. Some of them have wandered away. If we can help the wandering to come home, if we can introduce someone to God, we have reason to shout for joy.
But if all we do is recognize all the the Lord has done for us, that's reason enough to shout for joy!
Help us to remember the joy of knowing You. Grant that we may never take Your friendship for granted, that we will always be grateful that the Lord of the universe cares about us.
In Jesus' most precious name.