Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Sometimes a Word from the Lord will beat away the negative thinking or the depression or the doubt and all of a sudden, it’s like ‘Thank You, Lord!’
Mary and Martha told Jesus that if only He’d been there just a little bit earlier, Lazarus would’ve lived. Jesus wept, not because He was sad about Lazarus, He was upset because their faith was driven away by their circumstances. But, Jesus IS the resurrection and the life! It’s never over when Jesus is there on the scene. Even a funeral procession can turn into a dance of rejoicing. All things are possible with God.
That’s easy to believe when we’re on the mountain top, but what about when we’re in the valley?
Ahab got a word from the Lord. ‘The Lord is going to give you victory. Mobilize an army.’ Ahab was told to start a war with the enemy. He waged war and God gave them the victory. The prophet came back and said, ‘They’re coming back in another year.’
‘Delight yourself in the Lord.’ ‘Commit your way unto me.’
Ahab got another word from the Lord. I Kings 20:1-29 (v22-23) “And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest: for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee. And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.”
Our God isn’t just the God of the mountain-top; He’s the God of the valley as well. The battle was on even turf and the Syrian army got their backsides kicked. Over 100,000 soldiers were lost in this battle. Israel and Ahab got the victory just because somebody thought they could take them in the valley. Israel was outnumbered and weak, but that was what God loved. He performed a miracle. Delight yourself in the Lord! Just enjoy the ride. Isn’t God good? Ahab was in the midst of a miracle.
We need to delight ourselves in the Lord. That’s the secret weapon. When we delight ourselves in Jesus, He will give us the desires of our hearts. The devil is not the god of the valley or of the darkness. He always underestimates the power of a praying saint.
Our problem is when we stop delighting ourselves in the Lord, God groans and weeps because we have stopped up our faith in Him.
Deut 12:7 “And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.”
God wants to bless you, but He’s waiting to see what your attitude is toward the things of God. We need to rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say rejoice! Jesus loves a cheerful giver and a cheerful worker, doing His calling. Sing praises while you work! Delight in Jesus.
When you sing praises you feel a lifting. The stress goes away. Just a rejoicing word lifts the clouds away. ‘Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.’ The Bible doesn’t say, ‘Cast only the cares that you can’t handle onto Him.’ It says, cast ALL your cares on Him.
Deut 12:8-12 “Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD: And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.”
Sometimes you need to wipe your own nose to get rid of the smelly stuff there and lift up your eyes unto the Lord and see Him lifted up. Delight ourselves in all the things our hands find themselves to do.
Psalm 100:1-5 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
If you can sing and praise the Lord when you’re got a flat tire, there is no devil in hell that can defeat you.
There is power in having joy in your heart, even more than just knowing the Word of God. Joy in the Lord is more powerful than knowledge. It is about saying ‘Lord You are good! And Your mercy endures forever.’
Find something to be thankful for no matter what—Jesus and the hope that is within us. We have His Spirit IN us! We have the joy of the Lord.
Psalm 51, when David sinned. Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” David didn’t want to be left in his sin.
Psalm 51:8-12 “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit,” (emphasis mine). If we can delight in the Lord, people will see that.
Psalm 51:13 “Then will I teach transgressors they ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
If you can get ahold of this, your neighbors and families will be saved. We need to restore that joy daily.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.