When I came across this ^ picture, I immediately connected to it. Today, all I have wanted to do is give thanks to the Lord, and the time I’ve spent in His Word has proved to me yet again how undeserving I am, and how gracious and merciful He is.
I have so much uncertainty in my life right now; a million reasons why I could be afraid, or anxious or frustrated. Instead, I am filled with so much joy, excitement and contentment that I wanted to give God all of the glory and share His goodness.
Psalm 112:4 NIV says “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” Skip on down to 112:7 which says “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting the Lord.”
There is nothing quite like the Lord speaking to you from His Word.
To be upright is to focus on God, seek to live for Him, delight in His commands and praise Him. Not that I am by any means perfect, but pursuing to be an upright person in the eyes of God brings an inner peace in knowing that He will always be the light in the midst of adversity.
My heart almost exploded with Joy after reading the second verse I mentioned. If I could have picked a verse to describe my current emotional state, that would be the perfect description. I struggle with anxiety often (it’s definitely not a secret) but how comforting is it to know that we have the ability to choose peace thanks to the blood of Jesus Christ? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, the beginning of life, the beginning of joy and solace.
During Hebrew religious ceremonies, a cup of wine was lifted to God as an expression of thanksgiving. In a way, this blog for me is my cup, so that I can celebrate God’s goodness and publicly acknowledge my gratitude for all I’ve been given.
God, I thank you for the Joy you’ve instilled in me, that I care nothing for my troubles and can rely fully on you.
Psalm 116:13 “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.”