Topic: Seeking God Leads Us to Possess Joy and Jubilee.
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
Psalms 40:16 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 13-14
Psalms 40:16 (MSG) – 16 But all who are hunting for you— oh, let them sing and be happy. Let those who know what you’re all about, tell the world you’re great and not quitting.
Psalms 40:16 (NLT) – 16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
Thoughts of Devotion:
As I meditate on this portion of Scripture it comes to mind, how many people seek joy and gladness in their lives! I think this is one of the things that people in this world seek to have. Many of them want to have joy and satisfaction in their lives. There are many who want to find it in a new relationship, or in something material, in so many things that at the end of the day it leaves them with an emptiness in their hearts! Many at the end of the day are in a great dissolution, not finding the happiness and joy that they longed for.
The Bible is very clear in warning us of this, in 1 John 2: 16–17 it declares to us, “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it;…….” As you read this, it is very clear that nothing in this world can give us the joy and happiness that we seek. Searching for this in the world will be a waste of time and effort. We will never succeed in having true and genuine joy. One has to come to the conclusion that the only one who will give us this lasting happiness is, Jesus Christ!
Being in his presence and enjoying his intimate communion is the greatest joy that every human being can possess. Nothing compares to the joy of being in his presence and enjoying the fullness of all that the Lord offers us. Thus the Psalmist declares to us in Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Glory to God that in the secret place of prayer there is no lack of joy! When we dwell in his presence our hearts are filled with incomparable joy. On this day let us not look for joy anywhere else but in his presence.
Psalms 70: 4 (NKJV) – 4 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”
Psalms 68: 3 (NKJV) – 3But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Acts 16: 25–26 (NKJV) – 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Psalms 16:11 (NKJV) – 11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 21: 6 (NKJV) – 6 For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
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