Give Thanks; Discover Joy
Pastor Blaine Workman
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever! (Ps 118: 1)
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118: 24)
No matter where we are in life, the road to Joy always runs through Thanks-Giving!
This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24)
These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
“Rejoice in the Lord always,” he wrote, “and again I say, rejoice.” (Phil 4: 4)
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14)
Joy has been described as a deep-seated inner gladness and assurance that ignites a cheerful heart, which, in turn leads to cheerful behavior. Joy is dependent not on our outward circumstances, but rather on a deep inner sense of well-being in the heart of a person who knows it is well with my soul.
All who would know… The Joy of the Lord is my Strength…, must first learn to Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart. Discovering Joy begins with a recognition that the road to Joy always runs through Thanks-giving.
“Always be thankful.” (1 Thess 5: 18)
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” (Phil 2:14)
Ultimately, our experience of Joy is found not in its pursuit but in a person. Our experience of Joy is found not in His good gifts, but in the presence of the Giver.
As you cultivate a heart of thanks-giving for all His good gifts… let your gratitude for the gift, draw you closer to the giver. If you want more Joy, get more of Jesus, for the Joy found is in His presence.
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