Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Jeremiah 3:14-17

As we were blessed by a performance of Handel’s Messiah at church today this Scripture passage from today’s third Sunday of Advent couldn’t be more fitting. Today’s Advent theme is “joy” and one of the great ways in which we as human beings express joy is through song. Yes, there are a number of emotions we can convey through song, but there’s something special about singing when you’re happy.

“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”

As we look at the world around us, there may not be much to sing with joy about. Jesus is one of them. As God has given us the gift of God’s Son, as Emmanuel comes to be with us, we can rejoice with gladness that God is in our midst. Hallelujah!