Thursday, August 02, 2012

Where joy comes...

For You have been my help
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. 
That's Psalm 63:7 -- one of my favorite Psalms -- and this little verse points to one perspective-changing truth.

Whether or not we have joy is dependent upon my proximity to God, relationship with God, and reliance upon God.  Not upon where I am at in this thing called life.

A few days ago, I used a snippet from a story to illustrate how true peace rests within us... how it's it dependent on outward circumstances. Joy is no different.

Neither comes because of blessings or success and work their way in.

Both come from Him to our heart and work their way out.

              Psalm 63:1-8
1 O God,  You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
   My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
   In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
   To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
   My lips will praise You.
4 So I will bless You as long as I live;
   I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
   And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed,
   I meditate on You in the night watches,
7 For You have been my help,
   And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to You;
   Your right hand upholds me.

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