Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 5th, 2019
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Psalm 34:4-5 (NLT)
Radiant with Joy
If you are a lover of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, you will likely have spent some time on Radiant Lake, along the Petawawa River. The next time you are there, try to find the abandoned cemetery that contains the graves of those who lived in the area back when logging still ruled in that part of the park. It isn’t easy to find, but you’re getting close when you find the plaque commemorating those who lost their lives in the logging industry. It’s a slice of park history worth discovering when you’re on Radiant Lake.
Most Canadians have experienced sitting in front of a campfire long enough that their face becomes warm. Even after you walk away from the fire, your face will continue to be flushed for some time. You take on the glow of the flames. In a spiritual sense, spending time with God gives your soul a similar experience. Psalm 34:4-5 says, “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” When we spend time in the presence of God, joy will burst forth. Joy that comes from experiencing His love. Joy that comes from sins forgiven. We become radiant with the joy. Have you experienced that joy? It is far more than happiness. It is a deep down sense that is well with my soul. It begins with prayer, David says, and the discovery that the Lord will answer. It bursts forth from the freedom from fear that the Lord provides. And that joy is available to you today.
These have been words from the heart.