This time of year, there are many celebrations. Families and friends celebrate being together in a variety of ways. From feasts to gifts to simply being together, most people share time with loved ones. The word celebrate has to do with something that is well-known and often talked about. Our word celebrity is quite similar.

In our lives, there is much to celebrate. When we reflect on all that God has done for us through Christ, we cannot help but be filled with joy and gladness. Even in the Old Testament, God’s people rejoiced at the thought of God’s love for them. Consider the following:

I have set the LORD continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely. …
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:8-9,11

How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Psalm 84:1-2

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

We celebrate many things in life, yet so many things in which we take joy will eventually cease. Some joys are temporary, but other joys are eternal. Let’s be sure to take time to consider the truest joy we can have—deep relationship with God.