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"Wait on the Lord, be strong and of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart...wait on the Lord. Psalms 27:14


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday for April 21

Again, will have to comment at home, please bear with me.

"...do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10 (b)

There is a commandment in that verse and an exhortation.

Do not sorrow. I don't know about you, but when it says "do not" in the Bible, I certainly pay attention. It is a commandment from the Lord to NOT do something that is displeasing to Him. Do not sorrow.

No matter what you are going through in life, God is commanding you to not sorrow, don't be sad, don't grieve, don't be disappointed or depressed. Just . . . DON'T!

But why?

Because the joy of the LORD IS our strength! His joy is ours. If we delight in what the Lord delights in and keep that as our main focus, instead of looking for the negative, then how can we be sad or depressed when it comes to life?

There are a lot of things wrong with this world, but that's because this is a fallen world, filled with fallen people, run by the great deceiver, temping, luring, enticing everyone to do the wrong thing and tricking them into thinking it is the right thing, only to have those people ensnared by feelings of "how could I have...?", guilt, sorrow, anger, unworthiness, misery, etc. once they realize the wrongness of their actions/behavior/attitude. Haven't you heard? Misery loves company and the devil is the most miserable wretch of all!

But what if we "turn our eyes upon Jesus"? What if we learn to love what He loves? What if we train ourselves to delight in what He delights in? I think it's very clear that we will gather strength from His joy when we are flagging and falling behind and feeling sorry for ourselves, our circumstances, just feeling sorry in general.

Instead of depression, peace.

Instead of anger, happiness.

Instead of grief and pain, contentment.

Instead of sorrow, joy.

Once we learn to see things as God sees them, our world view, our lives, our personalities, our emotions will be radically changed! We will gather the strength we need to get through this life because of the joy of the Lord as we focus on the right things.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace"

The joy of the Lord is my strength,
the joy of the Lord is my strength,
The joy of the Lord is my strength,
the joy of the Lord is my strength.

He heals the broken hearted and they cry no more,
He heals the broken hearted and they cry no more.
He heals the broken hearted and they cry no more,
the joy of the Lord is my strength.

He gives me living water and I thirst no more,
He gives me living water and I thirst no more.
He gives me living water and I thirst no more,
the joy of the Lord is my strength.

Are you willing to let the joy of the Lord be YOUR strength today? Because, honestly? I can't see any other kind of strength enduring through the tough times and trials of life other than the strength of God. Can you? Find your joy in Him today and see how wonderfully He can change your life!

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Missie said...

I love your WFW!

GlowinGirl said...

What a terrific rendition of Jesus -- so joyful! I wish that I could say I am always joyful because of Him, but it's something I sometimes struggle to live out. Praise Him for grace!

Amydeanne said...

oh wow, what an amazing post! i love this one Nic.. and that pic of Jesus... that just touches me.
thanks for the encouragement today!

Cathy said...

I love that. And that song is wonderful. Thank God for His joy.

Pia said...

thank you for this, nic. it touched my heart and spoke right through my situation now.


Michele Williams said...

Thank you so much for sharing this... I needed this reminder today! I love that song... We don't sing that is church anymore... we need to.
God bless you...

jo.attalife said...

Nic, this is so true. One of the lessons that's hardest for me to learn is mourning and grieving yet not sorrowing. It's difficult, and most of the time I fail. But it can be done, and I'm learning, by His grace. Thank you for reinforcing that lesson. Indeed God speaks in mysterious ways, through various means.

Laurencita said...

The joy of the Lord is my strength...Amen!

hip chick said...

a very comforting verse.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Amen! I struggle with this myself ... trusting in obedience to the "DO NOT" statements. Thanks for sharing.