Isaiah 56:6-7 Joy In Prayer

And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:6-7

Some things that have to be done in life are not always the most exciting or joyful things to do. For each person that list is different. Some people find great joy weeding a garden, while the other person finds it an extreme torture. Some find it challenging to work with little children, while others get great joy in it.

Prayer is something that many believers find as a great chore, often with very little to no joy. When a pastor calls for a prayer meeting, often very few show up for it. It is common to hear of people say that when they try to make a prayer time with God, they end up falling asleep. You may find this challenge sometimes or, maybe, all the time.

Yet, God says that He will give them joy in His house of prayer. Keep in mind that you are the temple of the Lord. Your body is God’s house. And is house, is one of prayer–communication with Him.

Think about how much joy it gives you to talk to your best friend. Most people find great joy in that.

It should be the same way, and even more so, with God. God is better than your best friend could ever be. He truly knows every little detail about your life.

Prayer is just communication, talking with God. It is not some solemn, spiritual act. It is talking and listening to each other. You do not need to use fancy church words, speak in your own words. He does not need doctorate degree words.

As you talk and listen to God, you will find great joy. You will learn God’s heart for you and this world. You will learn what God has for you each day.

Spend time talking to God. Don’t look at it as  just prayer, but a time to chat with God. And do it all throughout the day and night, not just on Sunday and meals.

I pray today that you will find joy in prayer to God; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will find time to talk and listen to God; and that God will work through your prayers.

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Isaiah 35:1-2 Blooming With Joy

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel  and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2

Deserts are amazing places. When there is no rain, all a person can see is sand as far as the eye can see. At the times of the rains, however, the landscape changes. Grass and flowers shoot up and blossom everywhere, almost overnight. The desert flowers shine brightly with many colors. Life arises very quickly in the desert with the rains.

Isaiah paints this picture as he describes the time of God’s splendor being revealed on the earth. That splendor is the salvation that Jesus provides. Jesus, like the rains, brings new life where everything was dead.

People living in this world, live in a desert. There is no real life, even though they feel as though they are living life to the fullest. Life is full of fear, worries, pain, suffering, meaningless, hatred, jealousy, and death. There seems to be no meaning to what is going on in the world.

Once a person accepts the forgiveness Jesus provides, there is a new life. Jesus makes a person a new creation, with new, abundant life.

It is at this point that the person bursts with shouts of joy. They have new life. Their outlook on life has changed. In what was a desert place, there is now life, blooming with great joy.

Your life may be or may have been a desert place, when you did not know Jesus. Going through life may be mundane and boring, with no excitement or joy.

Following Jesus will allow you to bloom with God’s glory and splendor. You are God’s prized possession, because of what Jesus has done for you and in you. You can know the joy of the salvation given to you. You can know abundant life that Jesus provides.

As you go through this life, allow yourself to be filled with abundant joy and life. Bloom with the characteristics of God in this desert place of a world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will allow God to make you into a new creation; that you will bloom with the joy of God in this world; and that you will bring life to those around you.

Psalm 126:5 Sowing With Tears

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

Crying is something that many look at as a weakness in a person. This is especially true for men, but for many women they see it the same way. Most people want to be seen as strong and tough, not soft and tender.

When people cry, it is usually over something that has made them sad. Usually it is something that has occurred in their life that was not good. Death is one of the most common reasons for a person to cry. They cry out in memory of the one that they lost. Crying has a way of releasing the hurt inside a person. It can bring about relief and peace in the end.

The strongest man who ever lived had cried multiple times many tears for other people. He wept tears over the death of Lazarus, over the city of Jerusalem, and at the point of going to the cross. This was Jesus. He was the strongest man, because He was able to endure all the persecution of men and the cross without cursing men or God.

Jesus had wept many tears over those who were suffering and lost in their sin.

Many believers do not weep over the lost, but condemn them with many accusations. They want to point out how a person is living in sin and is wrong, rather than show them the love of Jesus and the way to have true life.

Along with not crying over the lost, many do not even cry over their own personal sins. They do not see their sins as that big of a deal or see how much they are harming God with the sin in their life.

When you see those in the world, living in sin, your heart should break like Jesus’ heart did. You should be weeping and praying that God will find a way to touch those lives and bring them the salvation Jesus provides.

Along with weeping over the world, you should be weeping over the sin you have allowed in your life. Seek God’s forgiveness.

As you cry many tears over both these issues, God will show you His love and mercy. Lives will be touched and changed, both your life and the lives of others.

As this happens, you will reap songs of joy. In the end you will walk the streets of gold with God in heaven with many other people. It will be worth it all in the end. Sow tears today and reap joy tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know the heart of God; that you will not fear weeping before God and men; that your heart will be filled with God’s love for others and Him; and that lives will be changed through your crying out to God.

Psalm 98:4 Shout For Joy

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; Psalm 98:4

People everywhere shout for joy when something happens that is good and that they want. Watch a football game and see how much people will shout for joy when their team wins a score or wins the game. Add how much more people will be shouting when their team wins the Superbowl.

There are many other individual times when people may shout for joy. Times such as when they get a pay raise or promotion, a new baby is born, someone gets married, or some other great event in their lives.

With all of these events, they are all one time events that is usually soon forgotten. The lives of people move on and the burdens of the day get them down.

It is common for most people to question what they should shout for joy about. Most are searching for just a little joy in their lives and cannot seem to find any. The bills and cares of this world loom like a huge wall in front of them blocking them from joy, pulling them down into despair.

The psalmist said that the everyone is to shout for joy and burst into song. Going back to verse one shows the reason why. It is because God has done marvelous things and provided salvation.

Take a moment to think about all the things God has done in your life. These are all the good things He has done. Provided food, shelter, life, clothing, and that is just the very basics.

Have you seen a beautiful sunrise or sunset? God gave that.

Have you seen a beautiful day? God gave that.

Have you been blessed with a great friendship with someone? God gave that.

Have you seen the beautiful stars at night? God gave that.

Do you have a job? God gave that.

Do you have a family? God gave that.

And the greatest gift God has given you is the salvation that Jesus had provided by dying on the cross. He died to give you life.

If this little list of things God has done for you does not make you shout for joy, then you are dead. Your focus is on the wrong things. Turn your focus on what God has done and know the joy that He has for you. Shout for joy today for what God has done.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will be filled with the joy of the Lord; that you will not focus on the wrongs of this life; and that you will shout for joy to God for what He has and is doing in you.

Psalm 33:1 It Is Right To Sing

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1

Opening this psalm up, the psalmist immediately says that every believer should sing joyfully praise to God. Throughout the rest of the psalm, he gives reasons as to why God should be praised.

When people are going through tough times, it can be difficult to be joyful. It is often hard to find reasons to sing praise to God. Many feel as though they were abandoned by God. Others may feel unworthy to give praise to God, because of past sin.

It is common for people want to have a reason to be joyful and to sing praise to God. Reading the rest of this psalm, a person is given reasons to sing praise.

Verse four states that God’s word is true and God is faithful. Verse five says that the earth if full of His unfailing love. Verse six says that everything was made by God. Verse 10 states that God is in absolute control. Verse nineteen says that God is watching.

These are just a few of the reasons that a believer should praise God. At the time this was written, the author was under the Law, there was no redemption. Jesus had not yet died and rose from the dead to pay for all sin. If the psalmist, under the judging, condemning Law, can praise God, how much more should believers today praise Him?

It is the right thing to do, to praise God with a joyful heart. Your praise should not be based on circumstances in your life. It should be based on who God is and your position with Him. The circumstances in this life will change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. You cannot rely on the circumstances for joy.

God will never change. You can always trust Him. When you look at everything that God has done for you, and the things He did not do to you (that you deserve), it is only right for you to sing with extreme joy praises to God.

Don’t just go through the motions of singing praise on Sunday only, but throughout each day of the week. Give God the praise for all that He has done and is doing today. It is only the right thing to do. It is the only right thing to do.

I pray today that God will fill your heart with His peace and joy; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will have a song of praise on your lips; and that you will sing with joy praise to God all day long.

Psalm 30:11-12 Reasons To Sing Praise

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12

Seeing a person who is filled with extreme joy is a rare occurrence. Seeing someone who is filled with extreme joy, while going through a trial is even more rare.

When a person is seen who is filled with joy, many people often wonder why he is filled with joy? What gave her such happiness? What went right for that person?

Usually it is something that they had been desiring had occurred. Something had went right for that person to bring on that great joy.

Looking around, it is easy to find reasons to not have much, if any, joy. However, believers have something going for them that should give them great joy. The beginning of a believer’s joy is that God has forgiven his sin. God has removed the sackcloth of shame and sorrow and clothed him with joy and peace that Jesus can give him.

Looking around and seeing the trouble in this world can bring much wailing. The challenges and trials in life can weigh a person down. However, looking up to God and seeing how He is in control and will overcome the sin of this world, should bring about dancing.

God has also filled you with His Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is joy. When God comes and places His Holy Spirit in a believer, that person should be filled with joy.

Think of how many times God has answered a prayer for you. Allow those times to fill you with joy. Think of how many  times God has spared something worse from happening in your life. Give God praise for those times.

As you look at your life and see what God has done for you, start dancing and praising Him. Do not allow yourself to be silent in what God has done in and through you.

What can you praise God for today?

Are you silent?

Or are you loud before God?

I pray today that you will know the joy of God’s presence; that you will see that God has removed the old clothes; that your heart will be filled with extreme joy; and that you will sing songs of praise to God.

Psalm 28:7 Strength and Shield (part 2)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Challenges come up before people all the time. Many of those challenges require that the person be strong to get through it. The level and type of strength needed is often different for each challenge. Some require physical strength, while others may be moral, or emotional strength, or some other type of strength in their life.

As that challenge arises, often doubts creep in that question whether a person has the needed strength or not. Fear rises. Some run from the difficulty, while others go forward.

Then comes the need for a shield. People want to be shielded from extreme difficulty or bad events. Looking to self or the world, it is difficult to find a shield that a person can trust in.

When a person knows that he has the strength to do something, it brings about some excitement. That person is ready to face the world, or whatever the challenge is that is set before him. The knowledge of that strength becomes like a shield for the person to be able to keep moving forward.

As a believer, you know that you have all the strength that is needed with God on your side. He is the One who will shield you from any thing that will be bad for you. He only allows what is best for you to occur.

As you keep that in mind, your heart should be leaping for joy with a song of praise on your lips. Think of it as everything is taken care of already, and you have no worries. As in the song “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King, you have no worries. You can jump and sing for joy, because God is on your side and will strengthen you.

Put all of your trust in God’s strength, not your strength nor the world’s. It will bring a peace and joy that the world cannot understand. Even though there will be difficulties and trials, you know that you will win in the end with God. Trust Him and sing Him a song of praise today.

I pray today that you will know that God is on your side; that you will allow God to be your strength; that you will allow God to be your shield; and that your heart will be filled with joy as you trust God and sing praise to Him.