As me and my sister talked on yesterday, she shared with me the message that was given to them, from their Pastor. She told me that his message was “From Jacked Up to Jubilation, Luke 17:14-19.” Of course this piqued my interest because I wanted to know how I can go from being jacked up to being jubilated. Now, the first thing I had to know was the real meaning of jubilation. It is defined as uninhibited rejoicing in the celebration of a victory or success. Humph, that definition alone gives me chills because when I think about all things that I could have been a victim of, I realize I’m victorious so I start rejoicing. When I think about all the things that tried to hinder my success, I realize I’m victorious so I start rejoicing. When I think about all the times folk said I wouldn’t amount to nothing and instead of falling, God gave me strength to walk, I realize I’m victorious so I start rejoicing and because I have the victory, I can offer God a jubilated praise! See, it’s these things that cause me to celebrate. I don’t have to wait until a birthday or holiday to throw a party because I can get my Praise on for Jesus all the time. I don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to show my appreciation when God shows up on a Friday night to give me rest. I don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to give God praise, when he shows up on Monday with a financial blessing that allows me to make it to payday. I don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to tell God thank-you when he shows up on Saturday with a calming peace that surpasses all my understanding. When I give God a jubilated praise, I’m giving him an uninhibited praise which means I am praising him without restraints. See when you are inhibited, you aren’t able to express yourself openly and that’s not the type of praise I want to offer God. It’s like not being able to mention God in schools because of the rules that have been put in place but if the rule makers knew God like I know God, they would allow you to give God an uninhibited praise in the cafeteria, in study hall, walking down the hall and even in the bathroom. If they knew the wonders that God gives us on a daily basis, they wouldn’t try to hinder the prayers of the righteous. If they knew the works of God on the folks the doctors counted out, they’ll join in your praise instead of trying to stop it.
Stop allowing the world and folks to hinder your praise when the bible says in Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” You’re scared to shout because you don’t want anybody to put it on Facebook or tell others but if parents would shout more, then maybe our children will stop going to church playing church. John 5:19 says “So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” We have no problem with them seeing us shake our butt to the music on the radio, but when it’s time to worship God, we get shy and lazy. Isn’t God worth a jubilated praise when he sends new mercies to you every day? If we don’t teach our children the real meaning of praise who will? If they see us texting and playing with our cellphones during worship service, won’t they do the same? Yea, I know, you’re bible is an app on your phone but the truth of the matter is you need to get a real bible, one that you can study at all times and not just when you have a signal. If we, as adults, would stop playing church, then maybe our children would. How can we expect them to get God on the inside of them when we act, 80% of the time, like he’s not on the inside of us. In Luke 17 starting at verse 11, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem when he was approached by 10 (ten) men who were referred to as lepers or folks who were shunned or had leprosy. Now, all of the men begged Jesus to have mercy on them, so Jesus sent them to the priest but on their way, they’re bodies were cleansed. Now, out of the 10, only one who realized he was cleaned, turned and went back to Jesus and offered him a jubilated praise for his healing. The bible says in verse 16 this man came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God and he kneeled at Jesus’ feet, because he was so grateful but then Jesus asked in verse 17-18, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” God is asking the same thing of us. When he healed you from the cancer, do you offer God a jubilated praise every time you think about all the chemo and surgeries you had to overcome? When you get in your new car and think about all the times you had to walk or beg folks for rides here and there, do you offer God a jubilated praise? Each time you come home to a loving spouse and it makes you grateful because he/she doesn’t treat you like dirt like the last one did, do you offer God a jubilated praise? When you leave the house a little late and pass the car wreck that should have been you, do you offer God a jubilated praise? When your name wasn’t called to receive a pink slip when your other co-workers weren’t so lucky, do you offer God a jubilated praise? When you walk past the alleys and see the folks strung out on drugs, when you visit the hospital and it could have been you or your child or when you drive under an overpass and see the folks sleeping outside and you know that God is surely keeping you, do you offer him a jubilated praise? If not, you’d better start.
We have to give God more jubilated praises because we never know when we won’t have the chance too. You’d better store up your praises now so that you’ll be in God’s number on the day he returns instead of being sent to a never-ending Hell! John 4:23 says, “But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” God doesn’t need folk playing with him but he wants folks praying to him. He doesn’t need praise only when the sun is shining but he wants to see you dancing in the rain when the storm is raging. He doesn’t need you screaming his name when you’ve been pushed down in the pits and valleys but he wants to hear his name in rejoicing when you’ve made it to the top of the mountain. You don’t have to wait until the storm comes, when death sneaks into your home or sickness attacks your body to give God an uninhibited praise because you can do it now! While you are trying to see whose watching you, the devil is watching you so you need to show him that you’re worthy of all the blessings God sends whether they are big or small. I’d rather be dancing to the beat of rejoicing instead of jumping around the hot coals on the floor of hell!