“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to my God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.” (Psalm 43:3-4)
Mountains where worship places have been and still can be found are not holy of themselves. Only God is holy. Other persons or objects may acquire that holiness by virtue of being in relationship to God. God’s joy makes us want to praise Him with musical instruments and our praises.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, our joy is found in You, O Lord, and also in our relationship with You. Many times You communicated with us through little babies, who see pure joy surrounding them or maybe it is found in our relationship with others that we share together. Joy is the result of our seeking joy in our lives, and this comes directly from you. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)
Here the prophet Isaiah conceived of the exiles’ return as a new exodus. Nature itself would join the triumphant chorus of God’s pilgrims. The wonders of the new exodus surpass those of the old. The text previews the incomparable joy of the Lord’s salvation of His people through Jesus Christ His Son.
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—-to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)
God’s mercy and power are able to keep us safe and to fill us with triumphant joy on judgment day. Jude praise God’s work for Christians and then ascribed to Him glory, majesty, power, and authority.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:19-20)
In His resurrection body Jesus clearly transcended time and space. He had power to vanish so as to cease to be seen by others. The descriptions of His resurrection body are our best source of information about the nature of resurrection bodies of believers. The recognizability of Jesus in His resurrection body, even to the presentation of the scars of crucifixion, suggests visual continuity between the physical bodies and those of resurrection. Those who saw the crucified Christ as their resurrected Lord were overjoyed. The joy of our salvation is needed to fulfill the Great Commission.