|In today’s Scripture, we read, “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” As C. S. Lewis reminds us, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” Serving the Lord with gladness is a glorious occupation. On the other hand, those who do not serve God with a glad heart cancel out all the benefits their service could have won them.
Charles Spurgeon put it like this: “Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving Him at all; they bring the form of loyalty, but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace His throne; He is the Lord of the empire of love, and would have His servants dressed in the uniform of joy.” Let our gladness prove that, yes, we serve a good and glad Master.
Lord, I can imagine that Your mighty angels, along with all the redeemed saints in Your presence right now, sing for joy at the privilege of serving You. I ask today that just a little of that just a little of that great gladness would filter down into my to-do list and put a smile in my heart.