“You crown the year with your bounty…. the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy” (65:11, 13).
God is rich and his extravagence comes through loud and clear in this psalm. There is life and overflowing and showers and blessing and abundance. If I didn’t know better, I’d think God were throwing an enormous party here.Everything in this world that is good, everything that gives us joy and pleasure was made by God. The earth was made to be our planet-sized playground. Serving God isn’t drudgery, rule-keeping, ho-hum or boring. As I heard someone say recently, boredom is a result of the fall. God meant every moment of our lives to be full of interest, life, beauty. Boredom comes, not from God, but from sin.
When we experience abundance in this life, when we are blessed with more than we need, when we celebrate and throw a party for a friend, we are experiencing a taste of the end of the world. History started with a party (“Let there be light!”) and will end with one: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:6-7).
Because of Jesus, even our good times are transformed into worship. Because of his grace to us, no earthly celebration is an end in itself. It all points forward to the Day we all are waiting for.