Delight

Real joy, the kind God’s Word offers, is not something we work up within ourselves. If we “work it up” or someone else works on our emotions, that joy will be fleeting. On the other hand, real joy comes from a close relationship with the Source of joy. If we are not full of God’s joy, something is wrong or lacking in our relationship to Jesus. The cure is found in Psalm 37: 1, 3-5, 7. Note especially the underlined words, as David, under inspiration, spells it out for us, “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. Trust in the LORD and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him….” Fret not, Trust, Delight, Commit and Rest; these are the means of real joy. I came across an interesting acrostic years ago (I don’t know the source) but it helps us understand: Daily Everything Laid Into God’s Hands Triumphantly! When we yield to God’s discipline in these ways, real joy will come. In the hymn “Each Step I Take,” W. Elmo Mercer gives voice to the working in and working out of joy. “Each step I take my Savior goes before me, and with His loving hand He leads the way. And with each breath I whisper ‘I adore Thee; ‘ Oh what joy to walk with Him each day.” Selah! The only way to draw on this unfailing joy is to walk closer and closer to Jesus, in the Word and prayer. Nothing less will give real, lasting joy.  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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