My house has been full of laughter tonight. The girls and I have been telling jokes and sharing funny stories and humorous situations. There is a wonderful energy created by laughter. It melts away weariness and brings a renewed enthusiasm to life. Laughter lifts a burdened heart and brings joy to the soul and harmony to a household. When we laugh pain is eased, stress is relieved and relationships strengthened.
The Psalmist wrote, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (126:2). When the Lord fills us with His joy and we can no longer contain the delight and happiness He has graciously lavished on us, we laugh. It is an expression of our appreciation to Him for all the wonderful things He has done on our behalf.
Laughter is an utterance of gladness. It is an offering we bring to the Lord, because He has secured our salvation through Jesus Christ. When we laugh we articulate our great relief that sin and death have been lifted from our lives through Jesus. We are no longer oppressed by sin and a slave to death. Through His blood shed on the cross, Christ has saved us from our re- bellious ways and our disobedience toward God. When by faith we accept salvation from Jesus Christ and know that His work on the cross has brought us redemption; then God “will yet fill [y]our mouth with laughter and [y]our lips with shouts of joy” (Job 8:21).
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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