Posted by: New in Every Way | June 13, 2012

Why Not Today?

I’m a pretty tough cookie, but, one day, a number of years ago, I didn’t feel so tough. My ailing marriage really had me beaten down. I called my pastor, and—right in the middle of the day—he took the time to listen. As the conversation was winding down, I said I knew that someday God would make me happy again. Rev. Ken said, “Why not today?”

And, you know, he was right. I turned wholeheartedly to the Lord, and his comfort, hope, and even a stab of his joy took over my inner landscape.

The psalmist David knew this secret. When you read his life story—oh, my goodness, what hardships, heartaches, and challenges he faced over and over. But he took about three breaks a day to sing to the Lord. He crooned about the fears, the betrayals, and the dangers then broke into songs of thankfulness, awe, and love toward God.

Here’s how that made him feel:

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies (Psalm 23:5).

Wow!

Jacob (see “Does He Even Know I Exist?”) found out that God reaches out to guide, reassure, and transform us at critical times in our lives. David didn’t wait for those exceptional times. He lived in the security and joy of God’s presence every day.

A friend of mine just returned from a women’s retreat. The leaders had challenged the participants to start spending thirty minutes at the beginning of each day to read God’s Word and fellowship with him. My friend has been doing that. She told me that every day she does, things just didn’t bother her like they usually do. I wish you could see the sparkle in her eyes.

. . . you will fill me with joy in your presence . . . (Psalm 16:11 NIV). 

“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV). 

 

Making It Personal

  • Do you need some joy and strength in your life today? Do you have to wait until all your problems are solved?
  • Have you fellowshipped with the Lord today? If not, how about now?

 

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