Tap Into Joy

“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Oh Lord, will keep me safe.” (Ps. 4:7-8).

Harvest time was an occasion for rejoicing and celebration, it was like the victory of war… the evidence of God’s favor and the assurance of provision for seasons to come. Just hear the sound of the season from the Prophet Isaiah… “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” (Isa. 9:3).

Tapping in, by Rejoicing:

David’s prayer is that the rejoicing in his heart at the Presence of God would be like the rejoicing of others over their harvest or the victory attained in battle. David was a man who valued and promoted dancing, singing, swirling about and shouting for the purpose of releasing new sounds… sounds that aligned with heaven, sounds of exuberance and rejoicing.

David speaks of a peace that would cause his entire being to become a platform for fruitfulness. Even his rest would lead to refreshing and replenishing his life with spiritual resources. He felt safe, trusting completely in the hands of his God. This is our salvation, our joy and promise of an inner supply that will bring us into assurance and revival life. Our “new wine” is the Spirit Himself filling us with His joy. “Don’t be drunk with wine. … instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your heart“ (Eph. 5:18-19). Our harvest is a harvest of righteousness: “Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness” (Jm. 3:18).

The Heart was Made for Joy:

God designed us for joy. His Word is filled with promises of joy from beginning to end. Jesus’ personality was marked by joy. If you think of Jesus as stern and stoic, think again. Jesus told His disciples that He wanted His joy to be in them: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn. 15:11). The Word of God describes Jesus as anointed with joy even more than anyone else. “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Ps. 45:7).

Joy is God’s design, and He knows how to fill us so that our security is not tied down to circumstances. We need to tap into a joy that is eternal and supernatural and cast off those petty offenses of the past. We can value the promises of abundant life by rejoicing in all that God is doing today. If others base their joy on the natural, such as their harvest of grain and wine or victories here on earth; then their hope is something temporary and unpredictable. You and I can set our joy on the unfailing Presence of God. Let His peace rest in you and joy will break forth like the morning sun!

Agree with me in prayer and begin to rejoice in His resources… “Father, anoint me with the oil of Your joy. Fill me with the New Wine of Your Holy Spirit. That I may reflect a sound that aligns my heart with Yours!”

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