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Devotional - week of July 13, 2003


THE EVANGELISTIC APPEAL OF HOLY LAUGHTER

When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”  Psalm 26:1-2

The psalmist describes the joy in the hearts of the returning Israelites to their homeland from Babylonian captivity.

Their joy could not be contained—it expressed itself in laughter and singing. We know the feeling. God’s blessings have produced the same quality of joyfulness in our hearts.

A joyfulness expressing itself in laughter and singing draws attention to itself. The joyfulness of the returning Jews captured the attention of the surrounding nations. They said:

“The Lord has done great things for them.”

Surely many who are looking for some meaning in life give attention to one whose outward actions indicate an inward joyfulness. They wonder, “How can they be so full of joy?”

There is an evangelistic appeal in God-produced laughter.

The one certain way we believers can possess this feature of evangelistic appeal is by experiencing our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection resulting in our being filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul followed his command to his readers at Ephesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit with a series of statements indicating the results of being filled with the Spirit. The very first result he mentions is that they will be:

… speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord … Ephesians 5:19

The entire statement indicates joyfulness.

In Galatians 5:22 Paul writes:

The fruit of the Spirit is … joy …