If You’re Happy and You Know It

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! (Psalm 95:1 ESV)

“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”  There is great wisdom in the songs we learn as children.  This children’s song reminds us that praise and worship change us on the inside.  Moving our hands moves our hearts.  When we sing to God, our hearts fill up with hope and happiness.

The Bible calls us to sing and to rejoice in the Lord.   He is our strength, our comfort, our provision, and our hope.  Without our Savior, we have nothing.  The most appropriate form of worship and offering for every believer is praise, both in song and in prayer.  Indeed, praise is the way to open the heart to God’s presence.  Prayer, without praise, can be empty, but praise puts us in the very throne room of God where prayer is effective and powerful (James 5:16).  Praise is the worship the Father seeks (John 4:23-24).

Today, sing a song of praise.  Rejoice in the Lord and tell him why you are happy and confident of his care and provision in your life.  Make a special point of counting your blessings.  Start with your salvation and then thank the Lord for all the blessings in your life – family, friends, classmates in school, your teammates, etc.  Think of all that God has done for you and sing a song of praise and give him thanks in prayer.  If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

For more encouragement, visit the Daily Bible Verse page.

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