Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Joyful Lives

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I have a question for you today. The answer to this question is a declaration of your priorities and spiritual direction. Are you ready? OK, here you go: What brings you joy?

The Psalmist has a great answer to this question. He wrote, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” [Psalm 1:1-3]. 

Oh the joys…” is from a Hebrew words that means, blessedness, happiness, joyfulness. He knew where real joy could be found; knowing God and abiding in His Word—His “statutes,” His “precepts,” His “laws,” His "commandments.” They rejoice the heart.

The truth behind this is that the Word of God contains divine principles and guidelines that, when followed, lead to godly character and conduct. Since God created us, He knows best how we should live to bring glory to His name, and joy to our lives. And so He gave us those instructions in His Word. The Bible reveals every precept, law, statute, and commandment you need to know to live a godly life and be filled with joy.

Living God’s way has a high and holy purpose. Furthermore, it has eternal significance. So live in the light of that daily. If you do, each and every day is joyful as you see that purpose unfold. Knowing your life is on the right track is a source of great joy.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; Psalm 19:8 

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