Making Merry 1 Kings 4:20

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“Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.”

“Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.”

It says about Israel under Solomon’s reign that the people were “eating and drinking, and making merry.” You will notice that it says they were “making merry.” In other words, they chose to make merry. They could have made gloomy or miserable, but they chose to make merry. Instead of dwelling on the negative, these people chose to dwell on the positive. When they could have dwelled on losing king David, they chose to dwell on Solomon being God’s chosen man to lead them. It is no wonder that God used these people to build the magnificent temple because they, by character, chose to make merry.

Now, what does it mean to make merry? The word “merry” means to be cheerful, of a good spirit, or happy and joyful. In other words, these people purposely chose to be cheerful. No doubt, these people had problems in their life like you do, but they chose to be cheerful. These people could have had a bad spirit, but they chose to have a good spirit. They could have let the outside circumstances cause them to be unhappy and grumpy, but they chose to make merry and let what they had on the inside dictate their joy.

The word “making” is very critical in being merry. The word “making” means to build or mass production. In other words, you don't build something unless you choose to build it, and it doesn't become mass production unless you choose to do it over and over again. There are a few things that God is showing the believer in how they can be merry in life no matter what they endure.

First, it is a choice to be merry. You choose whether you have a good spirit or a bad spirit. You don't have a bad spirit because of how others treat you or because of how bad life has been treating you, but you have a bad spirit because you choose to have a bad spirit. Every day that you wake up, you are going to have to choose to be merry. You make merry by character. Character says, “I choose to be merry no matter what life deals me today.” My friend, if you are not of a merry spirit, it is because you choose not to be merry. You can be cheerful, happy, joyful, and of a good spirit if you choose to have these.

Second, what you choose to focus on will determine your spirit. You can either let the outside dictate your disposition which will cause you to be unhappy and grumpy, or you can choose to focus on what God has done for you on the inside and be cheerful and merry. You cannot feed your spirit negative all day and expect to have a cheerful spirit. You must choose to feed yourself the joy of the LORD if you are going to be a person of a cheerful countenance.

Third, making merry is the choice to do again what made you merry the first time. The word “making” also means mass production. In other words, if you had a good day, you would be wise to study what helped you to have that good day and do it again the next day. Certainly, circumstances can change day-to-day, but you can keep doing what lifts your spirit and be merry and cheerful every day no matter what circumstances your day brings you.

Let me ask you, do you let the day’s circumstances dictate whether you are merry, or do you by character make merry? You will be able to influence and help more people if you choose to make merry.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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