Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”

Psalm 35:27 (NLT)

Give Great Joy

Don’t rule out that the Lord will also bring people to you in your time of need. They are the provision of the Lord and sent by Him. Humbly receive their help with thanksgiving to the Lord. Others will join you in your celebration of His blessing of peace to you. They will share in declaring how great the Lord is.

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Devotion

There are a number of things that can bring joy to Canadians. Speaking of joy, here is a good question – what joy does a recently arrived Syrian refugee in Hamilton Ontario have in common with the average 16 year old Ontarian? The answer is a simple one – passing the test G1 driver’s license test. According to a report in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper this past March, there was a celebration at the local Immigrants Working Centre on March 30. It included laughter and pizza. The people that were gathered there had been in Canada less than three months, and each of them had just been given their G1. One of them, when asked how he felt, answered “like a winner.” Another responded, through a translator, “like a hero.” That is true joy.

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When we are going through a challenging time it is a great blessing to have friends come around you to support you. It is true that a friend in need is a friend in deed. King David had been through a number of challenging times during his life. Some of it he brought on himself. Most of the challenges, however, were caused by those who opposed him, or wanted to usurp his authority. He was so grateful for those who stood by him and asked the Lord to bless them with joy for their kindness to him. He prayed this in Psalm 35:27: “But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” David had come through the difficult times and God had blessed him with peace. David was grateful to the most high God for his protection, for defeating his enemies and for giving him peace. David wanted his friends to experience God’s peace and joy as well. This is a natural reaction. When we have experienced the goodness of God, we want others to do so as well. We don’t want to keep His joy to ourselves. We want to share with others the goodness of our great God so that they can become worshippers too. What has the Lord done in your life? Who of your friends do you want to share that with today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley