Make Merry Before the Lord!

2 Samuel 6:5

And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

Dorothy L. Sayers once remarked that modern culture regards God as something one uses a “certain tone of voice” to speak about. Secular people have the curious notion that Christians believe everything must be prim, solemn, and rather pricklish. There appears to be idea that if you are a “devout Catholic” you must more or less stand around disapproving of everything. As H.L. Mencken observed of puritanism, so many people today believe a pillar of Catholicism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having fun. In reality, however, it is Catholic faith that has at its inmost heart sheer merriment. We believe that, in the end, love wins and the Universe consummates, not with a bang or a whimper, but with a big party called the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. David anticipated this cosmic whooptidoo with a little party of his own, celebrating the homecoming of the Ark of the Covenant just as we shall one day celebrate the Homecoming of the Bridegroom. Today, take some time and make merry before the Lord.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage

  • Guest

    I really miss getting my daily word of encourgement in my e-mail….I loved it..will it ever start again?

  • Guest

    I’d like to get it too but the web site will not let me subscribe.

  • Guest

    I am no longer getting my daily word of encouragement too. I have re-subcribed, but I’m still not getting it. Is there something more I need to do?

  • Guest

    I also miss getting the daily word of encouragement as e-mail.

  • Guest

    An absolutely wonderful set of improvements….not. You stop both
    the WOE and CE Headlines Emails with no warning or even an apology.
    You make it impossible to re sign up. Do you folks know how many other
    good Catholic sites there are? Who needs this grief?