More Joy than when the Grain and Wine Abound

January 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

I haven’t written much lately as this past week has been full of major schedule shakeups including sickness and a death in the congregation and sickness in my own family.  All too often our reactions to those things rob us of the joy God would have for us.  That joy came to my mind a few times in my own devotions this week.

How often do we Christians envy the unrighteous because they seem to have more fun?  I’m sure it’s true of youth and young adults in particular, but even we middle-agers sometimes feel it ourselves.  The unrighteous have no constraints on their celebrations, so they celebrate with abandon, even when what they celebrate is empty and temporal.  As followers of Jesus, we tend to be stiff and formal in our rules, and that is not a lot of fun.  Two verses related to this idea struck me in my ponderings this week.  The first is Psalm 4:7, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”  And shortly after that, Psalm 5:11, “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.”  The kind of life God has in store for his people is a life of joy – even more joy than the unrighteous when they party with food and wine!  The best joy in life is the joy that comes from the Lord.  Part of the evidence of God’s Spirit in our lives is joy.  May we sense his joy in our lives as we call to him, seek him, trust him, take refuge in him, and daily walk with him.

 

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