In previous blogs I’ve mentioned that my heaven-sent word for 2012 is joy. I had no idea how often Scripture mentioned it until now. It seems that every time I read the Word, it’s there.
The latest popped up while I sat on a window seat overlooking the grounds of Capernwray Harbour Bible school on Thetis Island. It was early Saturday morning, before breakfast at the women’s retreat where I was speaking. I opened my Bible and read Psalm 68:2,3,6—“Let the wicked perish in the presence of God. But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy…God places the lonely in families, he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.”
The part about being glad in God’s presence caught my attention. Being in God’s presence brings joy—and not just a little. It brings fullness of joy. You know what that tells me? Those who love God can experience joy no matter what because His Holy Spirit dwells in them 24/7. God’s presence in is them, over them, behind and before them. They can never get away from His presence. That means joy is their constant companion, too.
I’m not talking about a giddy, giggly emotion. I’m talking about a deep settled sense of peace, contentment, and confidence that God is in control of every detail and will fulfill all of His promises.
The more time I spend in the Word and practicing God’s presence, the more I experience joy. How about you? What’s your joy quotient today?