Wednesday, July 20, 2011

7 Keys to Joy in the Journey of Life - #5

Psalm 34:1-8
 1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
         His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
         The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
         And let us exalt His name together.  

 4 I so
ught the LORD, and He heard me,
         And delivered me from all my fears.

 5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
         And their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
         And saved him out of all his troubles.

 7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
         And delivers them.
 8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
         Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

1. PRAISE the LORD……..…because He is Worthy! vs 1

2. BOAST IN THE LORD… because He is in Control! vs 2

3. LIFT UP THE NAME OF THE LORD… …because He is GREAT! vs. 3

4. PRAY TO THE LORD… …because He Calms our Fears! vs. 4

5. LOOK TO THE LORD… …because HE will bring Joy! vs. 5

Instead of looking at His circumstances, David looked at His Lord! 

If you look around you’ll get discouraged
If you look in, you get depressed
If you look up you’ll get delivered

Not only did he have the right priority and the right position, but also he gave the right petition.  There is something about trials, troubles, and tribulations that drive us to our knees in prayer.  

Where else can we run
Who else to we look for
Who else do we hope to find

When we pray and release our burdens to the burden bearer, Joy fills that empty spot previously occupied by an unwelcome guest. Where are your eyes focused as you move on your personal journey?  Are you growing closer in fellowship, and intimacy with the Savior?  

Is your heart more pliable as Christ 
molds you
   hammers you
     shapes you
        breaks you

with purpose, and precision, that you recognize that the ultimate outcome will be for your good and His glory.  

There is no greater joy than seeing this blessed outcome through spiritual eyes before you ever see it with your physical eyes!

Be Grateful by Kim Burrell

1 comment:

  1. In the midst of your circumstance where are you looking? Where are your eyes focused? Where do you hope to find joy as you travel through life's journey? Only when you look up in the you ever have hope of experiencing joy in the morning!