I Chronicles 16:27 ERV; He lives in the presence of glory and honor. His Temple is a place of power and joy. Isaiah 51:11 JUB; Therefore the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
At the first of the year when I came before the Lord, I asked him, “What would you have me do? How shall I pray?” His response; “Come before me with thanksgiving and praise. Allow it to come up from deep within you until it spills out before me.” Now, I just can’t stop smiling! Sometimes I catch myself in the car, on my way to work, grinning from ear to ear. Just thinking about it makes me smile. This morning when I woke up at 4:00am, I found myself smiling. It’s as if I, His temple, have become a place of joy.
He lives in the presence of glory and honor. Do you see that? As we give God honor and glorify His name, being thankful for everything He’s done for us, it changes the very dynamics of our worship. We go from asking of the Lord to giving to the Lord. It’s from that place, sorrow and mourning flee away. We come away refreshed, rested and full of joy, not in our ability, but in His ability. We tip the scales when we worship from our spirit and know the truth of His unfailing love. Our confidence changes. Our faith soars. Nothing else matters! Not the problems we face, the rain that’s falling, the fire that surrounds us. Hallelujah!
His temple (we are His temple) is a place of power and joy. WOW! There is indeed power in joy. Nehemiah 8:10b states that “The joy of the Lord is our strength!” If you’re weary, shout to the Lord your best praise! Sing a song when you don’t feel like singing. Catalog all the things the Lord has given you and done for you, If you will but shift your focus from this world to that world, off the bad and onto the good, you will find yourself smiling too.
Father, I’m reminded of that old hymn, “Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory and the half has never yet been told.” I could spend my whole lifetime praising you and giving you glory and never be able to express all of your goodness and grace. One minute in your presence washes me. Five minutes in your presence renews my strength. Thirty minutes in your presence changes the atmosphere around me and attracts your blessing. Oh my King, I’m forever your grateful servant. Oh my Father, I’m lost in your loving arms. Oh my Savior, I’m forever in debt to the price you paid for me. Oh my Jesus, I will forever wear the robe of righteousness you’ve given me. For Your glory may I be forever filled with your joy. Amen