At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, May 24, we were primed for a celebration and day off with Memorial Day weekend as we came to Deuteronomy 16:1-17 this week. Described in this passage, these holy days, or “holidays,” set the rhythm for Israel, since God told his people through Moses to celebrate Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacle. While some versions of Scripture say “celebrate,” others say “observe.”
Is God someone who wants to be merely observed or celebrated?
And, here’s another consideration: What kind of celebration will God accept? As we looked through Habakkuk, Hebrews, and Psalms, we saw several elements of celebration including silence–awe-struck, jaw-dropped astonishment at God–and joy–dancing and clapping because Jesus is the source of our joy.