JOY — delight, great pleasure, jubilation, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, ecstasy.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
We have been on a journey together. A journey of learning to sit, to be still, to remain in His presence. I pray that you have had deep and personal encounters with the Lord while you have practiced the art of waiting in His presence. I am asking the Lord to reach down and fill you up with JOY overflowing. It’s the kind of joy where you know deep down in your gut that you are loved! It’s the kind of joy that screams, “I am My Beloved’s and He is for me”! It’s the kind of joy that says, “My weeping my last for a night, but JOY comes in the morning!”.
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
He is waiting for you with open arms. Today, right now, in this very moment He stands ready to receive you, no matter what you have done, no matter where you are in life. Will you answer His call? Will you allow Him to fill you today? You don’t have to do anything. Just be. Remember, you were created to be with Him, not to do for Him. In His presence is fullness of joy. Will you come and taste, see that the Lord is good? It is safe to come. You need not fear.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
God desires to fill our lives with joy. Not just momentary happiness, but true and lasting pleasure. The kind that is only found in Him. Even in times of great sadness, confusion and hardship, He alone is our joy. True and everlasting joy is only found in His presence. When we choose to remain in Him, He remains in us, and thus, we are filled to overflowing.
These things have I spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
I would love to know how God has spoken to your heart during this series. And I want to thank each and every one of you for following along and encouraging me along the way. You have inspired me by your comments! And our journey is not over. I am here to encourage you as you continue to walk in greater intimacy with the One who desires You and desires to remain in you as you remain in Him.
*This is Day 31 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!