April 7th Lenten Devotional

Do Joy

Chris Deacon

Psalm 84:1-4


A few months ago, I came across a television series that grabbed my interest.  “Impastor” is about a con-man, who through some incredibly unrealistic events, takes the place of a Lutheran pastor who was hired for a new church, sight unseen.  The show is about the situations he finds himself in, imitating a pastor and interacting with church folk.  In one scene, two church members are talking about him.  One says, “Oh, Alden, wasn’t it nice to see some joy in there for once?”  Alden replies, “We’re Lutheran.  We don’t do joy.  We top out at quiet contentment.”

I laughed out loud at that line.  I’m not Lutheran, but often our churches don’t “do joy”.  How many times have you been in worship and the responsive reading of the call to worship or the united praying of the Lord’s Prayer sounds almost robotic, devoid of any joy?  Too often worship becomes routine and we find ourselves just going through the motions.

Psalm 84:1-4 reminds us that we should be joyful to worship God.  The psalmist writes, “my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”  We should be filled with joy and thanksgiving when we worship God.  After all, the God who created the heavens and the earth, all that we can see and can’t see, also created us and entered into relationship with us!  It is an honor and privilege to worship God.  Psalm 84 reminds us that we should never just go through the motions, but instead engage with God through joyful worship!  Happy are those who live in God’s house, forever singing the Lord’s praise!


Rev. Chris Deacon is a pastor in the PC(USA). He is currently serving the United Parish of Bowie in Bowie, Md, outside of Washington D.C.

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