If you were a Green Bay Super Bowl fan there was a lot of joyful shouting, and clamor of all kinds of music. Fans when wild with praise of their team. They had a great time, but we have something even greater to shout about. “Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” That sounds like quite a celebration to me. Would we say this is undignified, that it doesn’t belong in church. Well, at least David didn’t think so. These are all his words in Psalm 150. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.”
Getting older, New Year’s Eve has lost some of its appeal. It has been some years since I’ve seen the ball drop at midnight. We enjoy an earlier party with friends, and then go to bed. I like the system my 6 year old grandson’s class used. They counted down the noon hour, and had a little celebration. What is it that we are celebrating anyway? The date change is really just a reason to have a party. At the turn of 1999 to 2000 everyone was in fear of computers crashing. Now we are hoping that 2011 brings in a better economy, more jobs, and a better housing market. We have hopes and desires for the coming year, but all of our times are in the Lord’s hands. Each new year, even each new day, is an uncertainty. We walk forward, with Christ Jesus, into whatever the year holds for us. Like a child gripping his father’s hand, we walk forward in security, no matter whether the path is rough of smooth. So, enjoy your evening, and try not to stay out too late!