Shout and be Glad

“‘Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,’ declares the Lord.” – Zechariah 2:10

Billy Bray of Cornwall, England was a coal miner who lived a depraved life before his conversion in November 1832. After his remarkable salvation experience, Billy Bray was so happy — he shouted all the time. It bothered some people that he had so much joy.

One day, somebody said to him: “Billy Bray, why don’t you tone down some? You’re just too happy. You’ve got too much joy all the time.”

Billy replied: “I can’t help it. God saved me and I can’t help it. When I put down one foot it says hallelujah, and when I put down the other foot it says glory to God.”

Another said: “Billy, suppose you’re mistaken? Suppose when you die you find out that you’re not going to Heaven after all, you’re going to Hell.”

Old Billy said, “Praise God, I’ve been having a wonderful time in the Lord all through the years. Jesus has been good to me and if I die and go down to Hell, then I’ll be thankful for the joy Jesus brought me in life. I’ll shout all over Hell and they’ll have to send me up to Heaven because they can’t stand that kind of joy down there.”

Are you joyful in the Lord? Well then show it! Today in prayer, shout to the Lord your joy for Him.

“Are you proving that the Christian life is a joyful, happy thing? Do you look glad that you are a Christian? Does your life radiate joy and enthusiasm? Check yourself carefully on this before you teach it. Make the Christian life contagious.” – Henrietta Mears

God’s Word: “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” – Psalm 47:1

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2004, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN THE MINOR PROPHETS

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