By Darwin Hayes
Today's Scripture: Psalm 68:3
Central Thought: The joy of the Lord often comes when we understand that God is working in our lives to turn the bad into good.
This is a Psalm of David when the ark of the Lord was being taken to Zion. David could not stop worshipping God because he sensed His presence, and the joy of the Lord filled his heart.
What is the secret to having the joy of the Lord in our lives? At least on one occasion, David found it in knowing that God's presence was with the children of Israel. But what if we don't feel the presence of God as David did? What then? One secret is to learn that God works in our lives to turn the bad into good (Romans 8:28). That is the reason Paul, though being imprisoned in one of the most gruesome dungeons in Rome, could advise us to rejoice in the Lord always. Neither the loneliness of the prison cell nor the cruelty of the Roman authorities could deter him from rejoicing in the Lord. He understood that God would bring good out of this tragic event. It is interesting that Paul wrote some of the most beautiful letters from prison. Today millions across the world read them. Paul knew that God could turn the bad into good and leave him with joy.
Has life caused you to lose the joy of the Lord? David and Paul encountered pain, sorrow, and suffering—yet they experienced God's joy. We can too, if we are willing to trust Him to work in our lives, even when pain and sorrow overwhelm us. It may be that when we learn this truth, the joy of the Lord will be waiting for us.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, Help me to trust You to work in my life to turn the bad into good—and fill my heart with Your joy.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-; Luke 6:39-7:10; Psalm 68:1-18; Proverbs 11:28