Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Psalm 96:11-12)
The Bible depicts creation alive with the joy of the LORD. It may even seem like creation is on a manic binge in passages such as this.
But there is a great difference between the joy of the LORD and manic binges.
The joy of the LORD is a deeply abiding sense of well-being that rises up within us and overflows in expressions of praise. Manic binges are surges of energy that come out of nowhere and feed on themselves until they crash into what is most often a depressive pool of nothingness.
The joy of the LORD can be felt without any particular external stimulus. You don’t have to win the lottery or give birth to a child or get a promotion to have the joy of the LORD.
The joy of the LORD simply comes when we receive what God offers us with grateful hearts.
We may have songs associated with our manic binges, songs that define particular periods of our lives. But, there is no song quite so jubilant, quite so lasting, as the one that arises from the joy of the LORD. It can make the field exalt, the trees of the forest sing.
Even the angels in heaven join in the choir.