It’s still early in the morning but I have already had 3 conversations with different people who have been struggling with keeping joy in their lives. The truth is, that loss of joy really is a part of so many people’s lives. I must admit I used to have more struggles with this than I do now. Thanks in part to a devotional that my AMAZING and WONDERFUL husband gave several months ago. Here is a picture of the love of my life. Steven is one of the biggest blessings God has given me. So today I just want to share with you Steven’s devotional. I like to call it “Steps 1, 2, & 3 to Joy.”
Step 1: The Bible says in Psalm 22:3
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (KJV)
God is with us all the time but I love the picture that we get when David says that God inhabits our praises. I also want to share with you how the Amplified version of the Bible puts it:
But You are holy, O You Who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered].
So when we begin to praise God, He is with us. Think about it, if someone was praising you, wouldn’t you want to be in their presence?
Step 2: Being in the presence of God brings fullness of Joy. The Bible says in Psalm 16:11
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Who doesn’t want fullness of Joy? I do but at times it seems like my joy level gets depleted. So the secret to fullness of joy is being in the presence of God.
Step 3: The Joy of the Lord is my strength. In Nehemiah 8:10 the Bible shows us that we are strengthened by joy.
for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
So by remembering these 3 steps we can keep our joy levels high and really enjoy the life that God designed for us to live.