Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King (Psalm 149:2). The original source of enduring and unconditional joy—God. He invites Israel to “rejoice in their Maker” and “be glad in their King”. He calls us to worship Him with dancing and music. Why? Because “the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory”. Our adoring Father created us and sustains the universe. He delights in us just because we’re His beloved children. He designed us, knows us, and invites us into a personal relationship with Him. What an honor! Our loving and living God is our reason for everlasting joy. We can rejoice in the gift of His constant presence and be grateful for every day our Maker has given us. Now that’s a good reason to have joy, and to worship the one who gives it to us... this joy the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away... the joy of the Lord is our strength!