My #Wordbeforeworld study this morning was in Psalm 21. I opened my bible up and there was the first thing I saw. It’s short but POWERFUL and praise worthy! And perfect for what I’ve needed the last few days! Isn’t God super cool with his timely-ness!?
“Joy in the Salvation of the Lord”
How many times this week have you attempted to seek joy in your own circumstances? How many of those times did you succeed in finding joy in your circumstances?
I’ll tell ya what I came up with when I asked myself that question.
Many times I tried- and many times I failed.
Do you wonder why that is?
Well, the Good Book says it’s because our JOY is in the salvation of the Lord!!
Intentionally seeking JOY in Christ in all circumstances be they smooth sailing or choppy is something I’ve been working intentionally on for awhile. I’m imperfect so I fail quite often. Thankful for His abundant and non-circumstancial mercy and grace!
Here’s what I’ve learned though through the Word and what God has taught me in my own walk. (What I’m also still learning in my walk because my natural personality is stubborn and in control. Compliments of a childhood in foster care I’m certain. )
Exactly what Psalm 21 verse 1 says- The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord.
When I read that I learn it’s the wise king who seeks Joy in the Lord’s strength. It’s the foolish king who seeks joy in his own circumstances or strength. Would you agree that our strength will fail us? My own strength has failed me in spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects more times than I can count whether it was from exhaustion, sickness, or stress. All results of me counting on my own strength and ability. That’s because we aren’t the power source. HE is!
As I continued reading through Psalm 21 (which btw- I’ve read before! But I get something new each time!) it stuck out to me that in His salvation we can rejoice because Christ gives us breathing room and He releases us from the pressure and chains that bound us. Did you know that in one Greek translation the word salvation translates to “breathing room”? Pretty cool stuff!
He wants joy for us! That’s part of His heart’s desire! When our heart’s desires align with His, He gives us our heart’s desire. So, shouldn’t we seek true JOY for us so we can have it!?
So, if we truly desire to have more than just temporal joy in our lives, it seems wise to seek Him!
And I know there are some who read this and may have a hard time trusting the Lord- I’ve been there too! But through all these years of dark anxiety I’ve learned that what His Word says is true. He will meet us with blessings of goodness!! (Psalm 21:3)
I asked life of Him and he gives it! Daily! (Psalm 21:4) I promise I wouldn’t still be here if He didn’t!
He makes me glad with His presence! (Psalm 21:6) Being glad living with anxiety seems impossible but I assure ya friend- it’s possible! My life is proof of His love and so is yours!
We can TRUST in the Lord and through His mercy we will not be moved!! <— if you struggle with anxiety please read that as many times a day in the Bible as you need to! Memorize it!
He delivers us from the enemy friend! (Anxiety, fear, worry, the bully at school, lies from Satan, those who persecute and falsely accuse us…)
I hope you’ll find SO much JOY in the Lord today friend, because as His Word says and as I’ve learned- He is GOOD, His love endures forever and when we are in Him we can have JOY unspeakable and in ALL things. He is not a circumstantial God. He is the same now and forever!
P.S- I’m going to be walking this out today just the same, because our roads are icy and something about bad weather, even when I’m home triggers anxiety sometimes. The exact thought I get in my head is “what if (of course) something happens and the roads are too bad for me to get help!?”
The Lord is our ever present help! He can bypass those icy roads no problem!
I say this to remind you that you are not alone today. Or ever. We are in the trenches together.
Grit and grace,