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Post #43: Come on, get happy

There’s this song called “Get Happy.” I think Judy Garland did it originally…Kristen Jolly’s crazy about it (which I found out when I started singing it during 8count). If you think about it, though, the lyrics are sort of a paradox…

Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy
Get ready for the judgment day

The first time I ever heard that, I was like, “Whoa, wait a minute–‘get happy and get ready for the judgment day’? What in the world??” We don’t normally associate the Day of Judgment, the “day of the Lord”, with something to get excited about it. I mean, we’re gonna get up there, in front of a holy God, and have to give an accounting for our lives and ourselves. That’s not going to be fun.

Or will it?

The Bible always says that Christ will come and we’ll be rewarded for what we’ve done, if we’re in Him. When He comes, we will be like Him. He’ll glorify us if we have glorified Him. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty cool to me. Also sounds like a good reason to live holy. Of course, you shouldn’t live holy just for your own glorification in heaven–that’s a side benefit of the job, though.

So come on. Get happy. Get ready for Judgment Day.

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