“Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.” (Psalm 100: 1B-2, 3, 5)
“Sing joyfully,” this Psalm direct us. I haven’t felt very joyful this winter. It seems to just drag on. Just about the time that I think that winter has released its grip; it comes back for another round of snow and ice.
This scripture reminds us that God loves us, winter blues and all. God asks us to “serve the Lord with gladness,” and to “come before him with joyful song.” This is a good reminder to me. So often I go before God with my problems, and I ask for them to be fixed for me. I ask God to remove obstacles for me because I feel unable to see a way around them. I ask God to bless me and to help me. When I think about it, God probably has the blues from all of my demands.
A pastor once suggested that people should really think about how they pray. Instead of asking God to change situations, the pastor suggested people change their approach. He said instead of wanting others to change, pray for virtues such as patience, a deeper understanding of the situation and love to develop in your heart. By changing perspective from hoping the world will change, to asking God to help you change for the world, you put yourself more in control so that you can greater serve God’s purpose.
The world will never be a perfect place, and there will always be obstacles. By changing my perspective, I can start to approach those obstacles with positivity and joy. So, now instead of asking God to improve the winter for me so that I can go outside with my child and play, I will pray for patience and the ability to find fun things to do inside.