They are Joyful

Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Psalm 119:1 NLT

Instructions imply that there is a perfect way, an order, for things to go together. Like a cabinet bought from Ikea. If you took those cabinet pieces and decided to do whatever you wanted with them, it would be a mess. Maybe what you created could be somewhat useful, or even pretty, but you’d be able to tell that there was a better use for those pieces that’s not being utilized.

How beautiful and right would it look, function, and feel if it was put together following the instructions and put in its proper place in the home? Those pieces were specifically made for a purpose.

This passage says that the people who follow the instructions of the Lord are joyful. They are people of integrity: honest, upright, and full of good character. They are whole and undivided.

They are joyful, because they are living the way they were created to be.

 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
Psalm 119:2 NLT

Even now. Even here.

The following is a declaration of faith – the start to a prayer you can pray when things are difficult. I have learned that even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping, and even in the pain, confusion, and chaos, the Lord is with us.

Even now. Even here.

I will abide, even now. I will trust you, even now. I will believe, even now. Because you are working. You never grow weak or weary.

I will pray and seek you, even now. I know that you are leading me by your Holy Spirit, and shedding light onto my path. At every turn, you are with me. In everything, you are right beside me. When the heights are higher than I can climb, you sustain me.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

So even here, I will praise you. Even here, I will bless your name. I trust that you will teach me and show me your best way. I can face my fears, because you are with me.

There is nothing you do not know, and nothing escapes your eye.

I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:7-9

 

Bring your burdens

Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

What if this morning you felt the Lord inviting you to spend time with him? You wouldn’t have to go far – maybe just to your couch or kitchen table. But how would you respond if he whispered, be still, and know that I am God? How would that change your day if you knew that he was always ready to help in times of trouble?

This morning, bring your concerns and desires before the Lord in full confidence that he’s ready to help in times of trouble. Bring them to him, quieting your heart and acknowledging that he is God. Many troubles may press on you, but God is here! Lay them down before him in surrender.

He is our refuge and strength.