Happy Friday! How has your week gone? Did you find yourself focusing a bit more on what you muse about? Were you able to meditate on Psalm 19:14 where David asked God to let the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart to become a sacrifice of praise?
Today I would like us to begin to talk about what it means to have JOY in our musings…
I have by no means learned to live very well with JOY and INTENTION at all. I stumble and I fall and I get up again and I take the next step. But—I have seen God direct my path over and over and I know that this is true for many of you as well.
So what is a good definition of JOY? The dictionary says joy is:
“the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”
This is maybe not such a good biblical definition of joy…
In her book, Choose Joy, because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Kay Warren writes a more biblical definition,
“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right and the determined choice to praise God in all things.”
JOY is not smiling every minute, never letting anyone know you are sad, being giddy and laughing all the time.
Some of us are more outgoing in personality, and it might appear that those emotions define joy for us, but we all express our emotions differently.
We all enjoy times of happiness, delight, and beauty, but life does also bring us times of sadness, ugliness, hurt and hardship.
Sometimes we struggle with where is God? And how do I handle this? God wants us to choose joy, no matter the state of our circumstances.
So, how do we, as women, learn how to choose the JOY that comes from trusting God no matter what life brings to us or to those we love?
About the time God began to challenge me with the possibility that it was time to step down from Children’s Ministry, He also brought Psalm 16 across my radar. David also wrote this prayer, just as he did Psalm 19, acknowledging his faith and trust in God. I was familiar with the end of this Psalm, but had never really looked at the whole chapter…let’s read it together…
Joy Described-PSALM 16, ESV
“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good thing apart from you.” As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD, who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
God had taught David to know Him intimately. This became the most important relationship in David’s life.
David came to believe that God was enough for him. David learned to choose joy.
We can learn to choose joy like David did, as we choose to believe that God is who He says He is. He is enough.
Is God enough for you?
One of the worship songs we often sing is Blessed Be Your Name—”You give and take away. My heart will choose to say. Lord, blessed be Your Name…”
David viewed God as his Portion in life and his Deliverer in death.
Is God enough for you?
My MUSINGS this week…
- I have the privilege of serving on our Women’s Ministry Team as the Coordinator of Heart2Heart, Becoming a Woman of Strength and Dignity.
- Heart2Heart is a place for women of all ages to deepen their walk with God as they discover more of Who He is, and who they are in Him.
- We learn together about how deep belief in God provides the foundation of intentional growth in every area of life, whether in our home, our workplace, our church family and in our world.
- God has given me a passion to see women—YOU—following Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This has given me much to ponder… Will share more about this later.
- Our Federal Election is now over.
- My belief in God gives me hope as I choose to continue to live out my faith from day to day in a way that will make God’s Name famous.
- We have much to consider and to pray about as we watch history unfold before our eyes. God is enough.
Your MUSINGS this week…
- May I ask you, this week, to consider whether you really believe that God is Who He says He is, and whether God is ENOUGH…no matter what, when, where, why, or how life is today, this week, this year?
- Did you have a special moment this week that you’re especially thankful for today? Share it with us…
Continue your journey in joy…thanks for walking with us.
Love you, Colleen
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