Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 10th, 2016
You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
Psalm 4:7 (NLT)
How can we describe the joy we have from our salvation. That joy of belonging to the Lord is compared here to a farmer who has an abundant crop. Yet even the pleasure that comes from an overflowing harvest does not compare with our delight in simply being His child. Do not hesitate to share this joy with someone you meet with today.
Back on September 19, 2016, two Italians and a Canadian were kidnapped in the Libyan city of Ghat, near the Algerian border. They were all technicians involved in projects at the airport in this Sahara Desert town. This past November the three men were released by their captors. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed thanks to the Libyan authorities and security forces for their role in liberating the men. “Today is a moment of relief and joy that I would like to share with the families of our technicians,” Renzi said. A number of criminal and extremist groups operate in the area, but it wasn’t immediately clear which group was involved in this case or what the motive was. The technicians had not been mistreated during their captivity and were in good health when they were brought to Italy upon their release.
There are a lot of things in life that bring joy – the birth of a new child, a job promotion, a wedding, Christmas morning watching children open their presents. Joy is such an important need for every human being and the deepest joy comes from simple things – the love family and the friends, the smile of a stranger, a hug during a difficult time. There is one source of joy that surpasses all others. King David writes this in Psalm 4:7: “You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” I live in a farming region and I know the kind of joy farmers experience when the harvest is good. David lived in an agricultural society – people farmed to live. When the harvest was good, it meant that people would have enough to eat for months ahead. No wonder that led to great joy. Which makes David’s statement even more profound. The joy that the Lord provides is greater than that which comes when a person knows he will have enough to eat. The joy of the Lord surpasses the physical and temporal. His joy floods our soul as we experience His forgiveness and grace and are assured of eternal life. The joy of the Lord is our strength, both in this life and into eternity. If you want to experience real lasting joy, you need to trust in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.