“The joy of Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my strength. In the darkness I dance, in the shadows I sing. The joy of the Lord is my strength.” If you attend one of our services and worship with us at Journey, hopefully you’re familiar with this song. If you’re just tuning in, Hey! I’m Joshua Eskridge, the Worship Pastor at Journey.
In my house, this songs holds a very special place. Specifically this line has been stuck in my head all week. Between my four children, my wife’s, and my own crazy schedules, often I couldn’t tell you if we are coming or going, or what’s up or down? I’m sure some of you reading this can relate, and how that can be terrifying.
I don’t believe God gives us only what we can handle, however I do believe He gives the tools to make what seems impossible, possible. So I want to challenge you to not only ask Him for help, but to also rejoice and dance in His will, and sing in praise to His name that He will always help us. He delights in it.
I got a chance to talk to my daughter Lailani, today. If you’re not aware, she’s the little one that loves to dance in front of the stage every Sunday. I asked, “what makes you want to dance in front of everyone, do you know everyone sees you?” And she looked at me and said, “daddy sometimes I have bad days at school, but then I get to come to church and hear the songs. Then come up with dance moves for the words, and I know it makes God happy.”
So the next time your schedule gets away from, just know that we worship the God of miracles. And there is nothing He won’t carry us through. So sing in the shadows, and dance in the darkness….because He is all the strength we need.
I used to go to a church that praised so much we danced, then t h e y didn’t. Do you dance, because GOD is so in your music you can’t control it. Do you dance like David? Are you caught up in the Heaven of worshiping Jesus?