Laughter, Song, Joy (Psalm 124-126)

Written by Nina Schmidgall | November 22, 2010 | Psalms 124 - 126

Psalm 126:1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with songs of joy;

Recently, Joel and I were working on our family values – the things with which we want to be intentional in our home.  We came across a resource that suggested some questions to get to the heart of who you are and who you want to be as family.  One question it asked was, “What is one word you want people to use to describe your family?”  It was fun to think through that a bit.  We loved the idea of our home being described as full of laughter.  In our current stage, it is probably more likely that it is a home filled with song.  Our three year old daughter, Ella, sings NONstop.  In fact, I tell people that I think she sings more words in a day than she speaks!

We do have a lot of laughter in our home, though it is more like squealing or hysterical giggling as Daddy plays chase and tackle every evening when he gets home from work.  I am smiling just thinking about it.  Isn’t it funny how tickling is like torture as an adult but kids just beg for it? “Tickle me now Daddy!  Tickle ME!”

Then it was said among the nations,
  “The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
  and we are filled with joy.

I love that there is lots of silly in our home…but I pray that the joy, song, and laughter in our home be in response to the Lord’s goodness.  I want our gratitude of the Lord’s protection and provision be so overwhelming that it bubbles out of us. 

The Psalm goes on to say that those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.  I hope to encourage our family that even in times of difficulty, the joy of the Lord should overwhelm us!  What a great reminder!

*May I take a point of personal privilege for some additional commentary? 
My friend Jenilee and I have lots of friendly banter this time of year about celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I am a holiday-purist and believe Christmas songs and decorating should be reserved until after Thanksgiving.  I tease her that she is not adequately thankful and wants to speed through Thanksgiving to get to Christmas!  Her obsession with the season of joy kind of makes sense since “Joy” is her middle name and all…and also a very good description of her attitude.  But, this Psalm really proves that I am right!  It is our deep gratitude at what the Lord has done that explodes into joy – thanksgiving leads to the season of joy…in that order!  Yes!  (Kidding aside, I wish everyone the best Thanksgiving AND Christmas and pray we will all be thankful and joyful all year round!)