Monday, August 1, 2011

7 Key to Joy in the Journey #7

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 sought 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

6. CRY OUT TO THE LORD...because He will Deliver You! vs. 6

7. TRUST IN THE LORD… Because He Brings Contentment! vs. 8

More than anything…God wants His children to trust Him.  Just as you layed down last night and trusted your bed to hold you and give you a restful night’s sleep, God wants you to trust Him even more, because of who He is, and undeniable fact that He loves you.  For the believer there are tremendous benefits in trusting the Lord.  Jeremiah, speaking for God, told the people of Israel these words in Jeremiah 17:5-8

This is what the LORD says:
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
he will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.

7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.

8 He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit."

As the journey of life continues, by trusting God we will learn the secret of contentment. 

Pain can’t take it away
     Trouble can’t turn to sorrow
            Discouragement fades into the background of divine contentment.

As you wait patiently on the Lord, He will renew your strength.  And with that renewed strength, you will soar through the difficult times, and enjoy the life God planned for you since before the foundation of the world.  The choice is yours…you can fight it, or choose to fly like eagles on the power of the wind, empowered by the Holy Spirit, through all of life’s challenges.  When the flight of life finally lands at our ultimate destination…you’ll be so glad you decided to enjoy the ride,
when you see His face at the gate.  

Joy comes when you discover that there is nobody greater than JESUS!!

Vashawn Mitchell - Nobody Greater

1 comment:

  1. Have you discovered that Joy is really spelled JESUS! He is the only way to everlasting contentment!