Aggressive Joy

"Aggressive" and "Joy" are two words we don't typically place side by side.

We may experience "aggressive anger".  We see "aggressive protests" on the news.  We even encounter "passive aggressive" people.  But "aggressive joy"?

This morning my devotional reading was Psalm 108:1-4:

"My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.  I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.  For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies."

The author of the devotional commented, "There is an aggressive joy here."  It got me thinking about what "aggressive joy" may look like.  

This kind of positive aggression is intentional and passionate.  

I believe Christians, living out aggressive joy, model a way forward for a world mired in pandemic and political discord.  It is a joy built on several eternal principles. 

First, it has a deep knowledge and love of God.  Like David, this kind of joy lets us proclaim, "Great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies!"  It is a profound knowing of the attributes of our Lord.  

Next, it is grounded in history.  Remember when David was about to face the giant?  What did he say?  "The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."  David's history with God had shown him what his heavenly Father was able to due.  Consider this  "joyful confidence".  It understand the limitless capabilities of God.

Finally, it understands and has faith in God's future plans and protection.  Jesus instructs us, "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31-33)  Aggressive joy has eternal perspective.

Joy requires a choice.  When faced with problems and trials, joy looks toward the face of God. It knows that more is going on that what is seen.  It has has faith in a loving God who has a very good record of calming storms.  It is it optimistic in considering the possibility that God may use even us to bring joy into dark places.

Would you join me in sharing some aggressive joy?

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