Whatever Happened To Joy?
And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”
Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.
And in that day you will say:
“Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”
This meditation comes from David Wilkerson, whose book ‘The Cross and The Switchblade’ told his early story and how The Lord took him to New York to work in a street ministry to desperate and troubled young people
David Wilkerson is one who is able to reach right to the heart of Scripture and (very much like Oswald Chambers), uncover the deeper truth of God’s Word. Wilkerson died in 2011, as a result of a car accident. On the morning of his death, he posted on his daily devotional blog, ‘To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights, and in the darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will make sense. You will see that it is all part of My plan. It was no accident.”’
The Holy Spirit yearns to bring God’s people back to serving the Lord with joy and gladness. How grieved heaven must be to witness the wet blanket of despair and sadness that has fallen upon multitudes of believers.
‘Meditate on these things’
PSALM 144:11-15 AMPC
Rescue me and deliver me out of the power of [hostile] alien [tribes] whose mouths speak deceit and whose right hands are right hands [raised in taking] fraudulent oaths.
When our sons shall be as plants grown large in their youth and our daughters as sculptured corner pillars hewn like those of a palace;
When our garners are full, affording all manner of store, and our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our pastures;
When our oxen are well loaded; when there is no invasion [of hostile armies] and no going forth [against besiegers—when there is no murder or manslaughter] and no outcry in our streets;
Happy and blessed are the people who are in such a case; yes, happy (blessed, fortunate, prosperous, to be envied) are the people whose God is the Lord!
‘Give Me Joy In My Heart’ — David Parkes
A HOLY OCCUPATION: Oswald Chambers on PRAYER
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