Friday, March 19, 2010

You have put more Joy in my Heart


“You have put more joy in my heart” (Psalm 4:7)

David in the midst of trouble speaks to the Lord, “You have put more joy in my heart.” In difficult circumstances we are often found complaining and questioning rather than trusting. Or when things are going well we rely on the circumstances to bring us joy. Circumstances can often show us the idols in our heart. May we learn to cry out with David, “You have put more joy in my heart.”

We live in a Genesis 3 world which is saturated in sin. Whether we want to admit it or not our sin many times puts us directly in circumstances we do not want to be in. But there are times when trials come our way to test our faith. As disciples of Christ we must trust in his sovereign plan knowing his promise that all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). David understands this truth about God which is why he can say to the Lord in the midst of this trial: “You have put more joy in my heart.”

But the opposite of a life of trials is a life of ease. In our western mentality we want comfort to satisfy us until the day we die. No sacrifices just a little R & R. But God has called us to something totally different. He has called us to “deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow him” (Luke 9:23). Why? That doesn’t make sense to deny self and live for something else. Yes, I agree that is a tough command to obey but God tells us to do this so we will be eternally joyful (Ps. 16:11). Christians are to “set our minds on things above, not on things that are on the earth” so our focus shifts to greater realities found in Christ alone. In Psalm 4, David is saying that the Lord has put more joy in his heart but the question then comes more joy than what? The Lord brings more joy than any offer this world could bring our way. “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” What an amazing statement.

Do you see the beauty in David’s statement? While going through a trial where men are seeking his life he says to the Lord: “You have put more joy in my heart.” This joy is greater “than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Followers of Christ have greater joy while the greatest trials come their way than the millionaire without Christ. Only the grace of God could bring about this truth. This is clearly the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the children of God. The joy he gives isn’t based on circumstances but rather a fixed hope upon the solid rock Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord with David saying, "You have put more joy in my heart."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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