There is something about the grace of God that inexplicably and undeniably leads to joy. You can fight it if you want, but in the end, that infectious joy that has the power to break through the deepest valleys and darkest nights is going to triumph.
Once we surrender to that joy our hearts seem to leap within us, nearly leaping out of us. We find ourselves singing, humming, dancing, skipping. It’s as if our entire being is illuminated by this joy. And when we recognize the source of that joy our song focuses on praising the Lord for all He has done and will continue to do for us.
I’m convinced that David often experienced this joy. Psalms 96 (though there is some debate who actually wrote it) is an example of that joy being expressed. It’s the joy that you just know that all of creation itself feels in the presence of the living God. Verses 11 and 12 talk about the heavens and the earth rejoicing, the fields exulting and the trees of the forest singing for joy.
“For the Lord is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.” We know we are secure through God’s great love and His never ending power. And, to borrow a line from the MercyMe song, “There ain’t no storm that can change how this ends.”
MercyMe recently released a song that describes the joy to be found in God’s grace, I share the video below.
This week I’ll be sharing from Psalms 96 during Midday Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 06/04 Rob Langer fills in
Tue 06/05 Psalms 96:1 – 3
Wed 06/06 Psalms 96:4 – 6
Thu 06/07 Psalms 96:7 – 10
Fri 06/08 Psalms 96:11 – 13
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