Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
(Psalm 51:12 NIV)
There have been many times in my life when I’ve experienced great joy.
Sometimes joy expressed itself in delight –
- Riding a roller coaster upside down for the first time,
- Seeing the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, the coast of Maine…
- Holding hands with the love of my life and our first kiss.
Other times joy displayed itself as a deeper abiding contentment –
- Hearing Jesus say, “I love you, I forgive you, you’re mine.”
- Hearing my boyfriend say, “Will you marry me?”
- Hearing the doctor say, “You’re going to have a baby!”
Usually I find joy in everyday moments –
- Caring for my children.
- Laughing with my sisters.
- Worshipping with believers.
- Reading with my husband.
Certainly, I rejoice in the fact that I am loved by God and will one day rejoice in the presence of my Savior, Jesus Christ. But lately, I’ve struggled to find joy in my day to day experiences.
It is said the book of Philippians is the book of JOY. So for the next few posts, I’ll endeavor to recover my joy by seeking it from God’s word and by his Spirit.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV)
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 19:8 NIV)
If you’re struggling to experience joy, won’t you journey with me?