(By Rachel Joyce)
The idea of celebrating came from God Himself, who designated seven yearly celebrations for His people, complete with feasting and worship: Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Chag Hamotzi), Firstfruits (Yom Habikkurim), Pentecost (Shavu’ot), Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah), Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Tabernacles (Sukkot).
King David wrote, “We celebrate Your mighty acts” (Ps. 21:13b). He knew that what God had done was worth celebrating. Not only had God performed wonders for His people, He Himself is the God whose name is Wonderful (Jud. 13:18). The psalmist understood that the name, the character of the Lord deserved celebration, “Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate His lovely [delightful] name” (Ps. 135:3a).