Thursday, October 21, 2010

His Joy

I was just thinking today about the incredible joy that He has given. My boss and I went to deliver test materials to four schools today and had them in the back of his truck and it started raining. We pulled off and attempted to throw the main boxes inside trash bags and others on my lap. If it strikes you as weird, that's okay... because it does to me too, but truly, I couldn't help but enjoy it. It was one of those times that nothing can irritate you because of the overwhelming joy in Christ. At one of the schools (that was just letting out), this little boy shook the tree right when I walked under it... making me about twice as wet as I was. I found it quite hilarious (totally something I'd do). My poor boss was pretty frustrated by the whole thing, but it was neat to see how some of that joy rubbed off on him by the time we got back to the office. I kind of feel like I am learning to be a kid again... but one with a much larger understanding and more of a conscious choice concerning joy... taking joy in the little things... a healthy carelessness about things that don't ultimately matter. I am truly finding that His joy is my strength. This evening as I was thinking over the activities of the day, I was reminded of Psalm 89:14-15.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.
This verse reminded me of Proverbs 29:2...
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
So here is the question... who is ruling our hearts? Are we groaning? If we are, why are we groaning? Is the Author of all righteousness on the throne? Is His love and truth penetrating our hearts? Are our ears hearing the joyful sound of redemption?

God, cause your love and truth to run before You so that Your children, whom You redeemed with Your precious blood, would walk in Your ways out of sheer joy. It is not because of any lack of provision from You, but because of our hardness of heart that I ask that You would break through with Your unfailing love and truth into these hearts of stone and grant us full joy in You once again. Make us dependent on Your joy for strength. Pour it out in abundance so that we would serve and glorify You.


Tabitha said...

The joy of the Lord is our strength. Don't you just love those days when His joy is so overwhelming that it makes you giddy? I wish I experienced those days more often, and as we abide in Him we will. He came that we might have an abundant life, but not abundant materially, abundant joyfully.

Anonymous said...

Hi Daniel
Thanks for sharing this. Joy is something I thought I had covered, but am learning and discovering more and more about.

God bless!

Anonymous said...

The joy brought by the knowledge of Christ is such a wonderful experience. It does left our eyes from things of little worth or concern, to the highest truth of God's overabounding love for His own. May my heart rest in this joy every day. thanks for the post!