EVERYBODY LOVES A CELEBRATION!

Blog: Max Dawson
May 5, 2016

At least I think they do. The Fourth of July is coming up pretty soon. That’s when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is Independence Day. Fireworks, picnics, and lots of other fun things are associated with this day of celebration. Everybody loves the Fourth of July celebration. (Except maybe the British. They lost in that War of Independence.)

I talked to our congregation last evening about Exodus . There was a big victory celebration where all the people of Israel (including Moses) praised God for His overwhelming victory over the Egyptians. Here is part of what they sang from the first two verses of that chapter.

“I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

The celebration was all about God and their thanksgiving to Him. He was to be praised because He was the source of their salvation. They exalted Him because He had triumphed gloriously.

Everybody loves a celebration.

Tomorrow evening at the Dowlen Road meeting house we are having a celebration. We, like the ancient Israelites, will praise God in song. We have invited folks from all over the Houston area and East Texas, as well as folks from Southwest Louisiana.

But whether any of those folks show up or not, this celebration is planned for the members of the Dowlen Road Church. God deserves–and is worthy–of whatever praise, honor and glory we can give to Him.

That’s Friday evening at 7:00 PM at 3060 Dowlen Road in Beaumont, TX.

THE FINAL WORD

After my remarks last night, someone pointed out to me that in the text of , the next thing that happened after the celebration was that some of the Israelites began to complain. I looked at the text–and they were right. The Israelites were complaining against God and Moses over the drinking water!

Can you believe it? God had just delivered them from bondage by a great miracle at the Red Sea–and now they acted like God wasn’t going to take care of them! Then next (in ), they began to complain about food. It is kind of sad to see such a thing following the great victory celebration and praise to God.

But some people are going to be complainers. I would guess that some of the Israelites even complained against Moses when he told them they should not be complainers against God! Their complaints continued. The book of Numbers contains the long record of their complaints–almost forty years worth of complaining.

Maybe those grumblers didn’t participate in the celebration singing at the Red Sea. Maybe they just stood and watched as the others gave great glory unto God.

Whatever those complainers did, God was not very pleased with them. I hope you will find yourself as one who celebrates–not as one filled with complaints.

In any case, we hope we will have a house full tomorrow night at the singing. We look forward to a great evening of celebration of our God and His glory!

Everybody loves a celebration! At least, I hope so.

Have a great day, all day!

–Max

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