Fullness of Joy

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11, Amplified)

Live in Me, and I will live in you… (John 15:4, Amplified)

Today as I look back on my Christian walk, I see times of great joy and times of great sorrow. Whether they were joyful times or sorrowful times doesn’t seem to have been based on my circumstances. What I realize now is that it was based more so on whether I was abiding in Him… or not.

I have found great joy at the best of times and I have found great joy in the worst of times. How? By finding it in Him. In His Presence is fullness of joy. With Him are pleasures forevermore. But apart from Him… I have never found true and lasting joy in good times or in bad.

Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy… (Psalms 43:4, Amplified)

…I came that they may have and enjoy life… (John 10:10, Amplified)

He Who Hears and Sees

I received a comment on the post from July 3rd from a friend of mine. She mentioned that when she read a particular phrase in the scriptures referenced in the blog that day, that it brought a smile to her face. It had done the same for me. Often as I am reading the scriptures I come across a word or a phrase that brings a smile to my face. Usually ends up in the next blog post 🙂

Why do I smile?

Usually the reason I smile, is because something I just read, told me something about my God that is precious, beautiful, lovely. Something that makes me smile when I think about God saying this or doing this.

Today the phrase that made me smile came from 2 Kings 20. King Hezekiah had just been told by the prophet Isaiah that he would die due to the illness he had contracted. It tells us in verse two, that when he heard this King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, then prayed and cried unto God.

Before he even makes it out of the courtyard, Isaiah is told to return to the king and give him another message from God.

This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…” (2 Kings 2:6, NLT)

This brought a smile to my face. The King of the Universe turned His ear towards earth, looked and saw a man, praying and crying unto Him.

It goes on to say that the LORD said He would heal Hezekiah and add fifteen years to his life. Through the prophet He also gave the king’s servants some instruction on how to make an ointment for his ailment. God also said He would rescue and defend Hezekiah and the city from their enemies.

All very good news, but I like it so much when I come across a little something in the scriptures that paints a picture of God that puts a smile on my face and brings joy to my heart.

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. (Psalm 42:5, The Message)

…In Your presence is fullness of joy… (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Enjoy the Ride

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10, Amplified)

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (John 15:11, Amplified)

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy… (1 Timothy 6:17, KJV)

If you are not enjoying life, you’re doing it all wrong. The scriptures above, two of which were spoken by Jesus, all of which were inspired by God, tell us that God wants us to enjoy life.

When I heard the title of this post in my heart a couple days ago, one thing immediately popped into my mind. I pictured a couple of children in the back seat of a car saying, “Are we there yet?”

I have to laugh when I think about this, because God has a world full of children sitting in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?” Or some have not been happy to sit in the back seat and have asked God to scoot over so they can do the driving. They think it’s no fun when God drives, because He takes too long. He won’t break the law and speed you see.

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that as we behold the glory in His word, that we will be changed from one degree of glory to another, until we look like Him. And many people that I speak to are so put out that they don’t already look like Him right now. That they aren’t perfect right now.

I’m not perfect right now, which may be a shock to my friend, felstdia 🙂 But when I see things that need to change it means I get to spend more time with Him so He can change me. I like sitting on the Potter’s wheel being molded by His hands.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite scriptures found in the book of Song of Solomon.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. [My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire] Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom. [She said distinctly] My beloved is mine and I am his! (Song of Solomon 2:13-16, Amplified)

It’s as we come to Him and fellowship with Him in His word and in prayer and in everything, that He is able to take those things (those little foxes) in our lives that spoil the vineyards of our love. He enjoys helping us in this process. Think about that for a moment. God enjoys working with you.

I was talking to someone recently and they said, they wished God would just show them everything they needed to know all at once. My response to that is this, He likes that you come to Him daily, and moment by moment to get the next piece of the puzzle.

Instead of asking constantly, “Are we there yet?” Relax and start enjoying the ride. You are on a journey with the King of the Universe. How great is that?! Enjoy every moment with Him!