Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 16, 2017

Joy In The Midst

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.” Psalm 100:1-2 (NLT)

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The end is near. And I cannot wait.

It sounds ominous, right? But I’m referring to the end of the school year. No more math tests. No more projects. No more research papers. No more slogging through daily assignments. We are so close to crossing the finish line into summer break I can almost taste it. Yes, “we” is the correct word in this case. While these assignments, tests, projects, and papers may not bear my name, they are painted with my sweat and tears just the same.

I will shout with joy at the finish line! Hallelujah! We made it! The psalmist doesn’t list a specific time we are to shout with joy to the Lord, though, does he? It’s easy to shout with joy when the work is completed, when the time for relaxation is here at last … when the painful circumstances are in the past … when the fear is no longer a constant companion. As children of God, we are to shout with joy at all times—in the midst of stress, fear, depression … when our circumstances threaten to drag us under.

How?

Part of Nehemiah 8:10 gives us our answer: “For the joy of the Lord is your strength!”  Our key verse doesn’t ask us to sing with happiness before the Lord or to shout with happiness to the Lord. Happiness is an emotion determined by our surrounding circumstances. Joy is a state of being based on the indwelling Spirit that fills us when we surrender ourselves to God in Christ.

 

So, whether we’re limping through the last torturous days of the school year or truly grieving through heartbreaking loss, we can shout with joy to the Lord. The rest of the Psalm (verses 4 and 5) gives us reason to praise Him: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

 

“No matter our current situation, Lord, we choose to praise and worship You. Thank You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness in the midst of difficulties, pain, and grief.”

 

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (http://staletoast.com)
TRBC Women’s Life

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