Too often we run around looking for joy in all the wrong places. We dig up wells that end up being “broken cisterns.” Remember, “we have no good apart from Him.” The sorrows of those who run after idols, pleasure and other gods will multiply.
If there’s a lot of drama in your world, it’s going to drain out all your joy. Sometimes you have to stay away from all those divas, drama queens and kings in order to keep your sanity.
Joy is a choice. So make that choice today. Don’t let the devil steal it. Don’t let those circumstances take your eyes of Jesus. Choose to react differently. Choose to praise instead of pout. Choose to stay positive.
If you keep your mind on the Word, He will keep your heart full of joy. Meditate day and night on His Word. Let the Word of Christ dwell within you richly, and you will experience the fullness of His joy.
I love the word “GAZE.” It means to look steadily and intently. No wonder why we are called to “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.” When we practice His presence with prolonged times of worship and prayer, we leave full of joy.
Finally, here are two very important things you must grasp in order to boost your joy:
- Stay confident that your heaven knows about your tomorrow. He will be faithful to all His promises concerning you.
- Learn contentment in His provision for you today. Whatever your situation, high or low, know that your heavenly cares dearly for you.
The Psalmist concludes with the following thoughts. Keep in mind that – Therefore means – considering all the above.
Considering all the above. If I do all the above: ‘my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” Psalm 16:9
“In your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11