Welcome to the A Believer’s Character series. This is week ten of our twenty-six week character study. Each week Joyice Harris of Raising Boys Homeschool and I partner up to share posts about Godly Christian character in children. Joyice is a mom of two boys and writes about instilling Godly character in them while I share information about instilling Godly character in my three girls. For a list of the traits I’ve already shared, please visit this page, The ABCs of Christian Character.
This week I’m talking about raising jubilant girls, while Joyice is addressing her desire to raise sons who are just. Please visit Joyice and read her post. You’ll be blessed by what you read.
What is the definition of the word jubilant?
To be jubilant means to express great happiness or to show great joy, satisfaction, or triumph.
What does the Bible say about jubilance?
2 Samuel 6 is where we find a well known description of jubilance. The chapter begins as King David and his procession are ushering the sacred Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. One of the oxen carting the Ark stumbles and thinking the Ark might tumble to the ground, Uzzah reaches out and touches the Ark in order to steady it. This disrespectful act angers the Lord and Uzzah dies right then and there beside the Ark.
After this, King David becomes angry at and then fearful of the Lord. The Ark is then taken to the home of Obed-Edom where it stays for three months. At the end of the three month period, the Ark is finally brought to Jerusalem. King David is so happy about the Ark’s return that he dances in the street in an open display of jubilance.
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. (2 Samuel 6:14-15)
Not everyone is happy to see King David’s jubilant dance. In fact, the person who is most bothered by David’s dancing is his own wife, Michal.
As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. (2 Samuel 6:16)
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” (2 Samuel 6:20)
In spite of Michal’s criticism, David defends his jubilant attitude!
David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Samuel 6:21-22)
Why is it important to be jubilant?
Our God is gracious, merciful, and loving. He provides for us and allowed His Son to be crucified on a cross so that we could have eternal life. That alone is more than enough reason to be jubilant!
However, there is another reason to be jubilant. During times of despair, we can reflect upon what God has already done for us and continue to push forward.
Raising jubilant daughters
My husband and I believe that a jubilant attitude is an important character trait. That is why we’re working to make sure our girls practice the following three principles.
- Showing jubilance when God blesses you. When God blesses us, we have a responsibility to be jubilant. Jubilance shows God that we appreciative what He has done for us and lets others know that our God is worthy of praise.
- Showing jubilance when God blesses others. It’s easy to be jubilant when God is blessing us. However, maintaining such an attitude is much more challenging when we’re waiting on a blessing and someone else we know receives a blessing. We must be just as jubilant when God chooses to bless another as we would be if He had blessed us in a similar manner. Showing genuine jubilance for others proves that we are loving and not jealous.
- Maintaining a jubilant spirit when others mock or despise you. There will be times when others make fun of us for being so jubilant. They may question our sincerity, become jealous, or fail understand why we’re so jubilant. When those times come, it is especially important to maintain our jubilant spirits. Consider the example of King David who did not allow his wife’s criticism make him unhappy. Instead he rebuked her for being hateful and explained that he would be jubilant all the more.
A prayer for jubilance:
Dear Lord, thank you for allowing us to experience times of jubilation. The world you created, the people you’ve placed in our lives, and the experiences you allow us to enjoy are all reasons for us to be jubilant! Most of all we thank you for Jesus, the One who sacrificed His life to give us eternal life. Help us to remember that sacrifice and to be jubilant about it even when other circumstances in our lives don’t bring us joy. Help us to be jubilant when you bless others too and help us to assist others in finding something to be jubilant about. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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