How do you feel when you’re celebrating an occasion like Christmas or a birthday? Do you feel happy and maybe a little bit excited? That’s how I feel when I get to celebrate something important, and it’s how we should feel when God answers our prayers.
Think about it: when we pray for God to help us with specific issues, bring healing to someone who’s sick, etc., we’re praying for things that are important to us. Shouldn’t we celebrate when the God of the universe answers our prayers? The people in the Bible thought so.
When you do something nice for friends or family members and they get really excited about it, doesn’t that make you want to do more nice things for them? The point of doing thoughtful things for others is not our own recognition, but it’s still fun when you see the excitement on their faces.
Don’t you think it’s probably also fun for God to see the excitement on our faces when He answers our prayers? The Bible is full of examples of people celebrating God’s answers to their prayers, and I’m going to share three of my favorites with you.
1. The Israelites after crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 15:1-21). The Bible says that Moses and the sons of Israel sang, and Miriam and the women of Israel sang, played the timbrel (like a tambourine) and danced.
Keep in mind, girls, that the song that the Israelites sang wasn’t something they had prepared beforehand. They didn’t take the time to write the song before singing it to God—they made it up on the spot because they were so excited about what God had done for them.
2. Hannah after giving birth to Samuel (1 Samuel 1-2). Hannah brought a sacrificial offering that included a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour (approximately 22 liters) and a jug of wine. Then after she gave her son to the service of the temple, immediately following the sacrifice, she sang a song/prayer of thanksgiving!
Again, notice that Hannah’s song/prayer is spontaneous. Hannah brought the appropriate sacrifice—she responded appropriately to what God had done. Then she offered her song of thanksgiving because of the joy in her heart.
3. Deborah and Barak after delivering Israel from the Canaanites (Judges 5:2-31). Israel had done evil in the sight of God again and were being oppressed by the Canaanites. God set up the prophet Deborah as the judge of Israel, and she grabbed Barak and together they defeated the Canaanites. After they’d completely wiped out the Canaanites, they sang praises to the Lord.
Yay, more spontaneous singing! I love how much singing there is in the Old Testament, but even in the New Testament, anytime Jesus or the disciples healed someone, the person went away praising God and telling everyone what He’d done for them.
Ephesians 5:19-20 says:
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all thing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God…
Colossians 3:15-17 says something similar:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
God loves music, and praises of thankfulness are music to His ears. I’m not a songwriter, but I’ve made up songs for God before. It’s one of my favorite ways to celebrate answered prayers. The thing to understand is that no matter what you think of your song, God thinks it’s beautiful.
O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness. —Isaiah 25:1
Girls, how do you celebrate when God answers your prayers?
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