The life of joy

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”      Psalm 28:7

It seems to be possible to live a life of faith and wholly trusts in God at all times. We tend to want the company and council of other human beings, and to seek advice from people we revere. People can be helpful, but why not go to the fount of all wisdom and blessing? However righteous we think we are, we still harbour dishonourable attitudes and thought processes. Every saint of God will struggle with sin right to the very end of their lives. Only as we enter the everlasting kingdom, will we be free from it.

However, we have the depths of God’s character recorded for us in the Word of God. We can see for ourselves what He requires from us, and how to live our lives for His glory and our personal good. If we are believers, we have the Holy Spirit of God, dwelling in us and He is our teacher and friend as we walk through life with Him.

This ought to make a difference. Other people should see it. People should recognise the life in us is not from ourselves, but from another life- the life of God. We look to God and seek to be like Him. This is no romantic notion, but a putting away of everything that would hold back our spiritual growth. We deny ourselves and put up death the selfish deeds we do every day. We give rather than take. We forgive rather than blame. We rejoice always in what Christ has done and is doing for us. This life cannot be lived without the Holy Spirit within.

As we turn to God, we see that He is our strength and shield against the enemy and our own sinfulness. We look to Him when other friends fail and find Him to be our trustworthy help. Somehow, as we enter into this relationship and realisation, we find joy, since God is the one person we can depend on. The presence of the Holy Spirit will be our constant companion, and will never leave us, nor ever let us down. Praise is our response, which fills our soul with gratefulness and joy. We love Him because He loved us first.

All sin is rejected and confessed and the life of God is our true state of being. No one can take us away from His kingdom, not even our selfish self.

“The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.”      Psalm 28:8-9

A horn lifted up


A horn for faithful servants

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding…”

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens…

“And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 148:7-8,13-14 NIV

All things living praise the Lord. All weather and all inanimate creations and objects, praise the Lord. The splendour of the Lord is above anything made or imagined. We are His people who are made for His glory, and so we might also share in that glory.

All natural forces are subject to His control and nothing happens that is outside His purposes. Even the wrath of human beings against His person, are a praise to His name and a fulfilment of prophecy.

God, the Lord, the Creator and Almighty God has given us a majestic horn to be the praise of His people. This person of Jesus Christ, is comfort and love to us. No one can take us away from Him and His glory is observed everywhere, by His faithful people.

His name is JESUS. 

A name far above any other and every being He has created, will surely bow the knee to Him.

All can appreciate the revealed creation, but only those with living souls, can see beyond the physical and into the spiritual. We see Jesus, lifted up as our Saviour on that dreadful cross, suffering our shame and the due penalty for our sins. He has done this and has risen again, by His own power, and by that same power we shall also rise.

God has exalted His name, like the horn of blessing that triumphs over all sin and death. He is authority, power and dominion and He has done this, because of who He is. God over all, the only Saviour, the king of all who come to Him in repentance and faith. The horn is the object of praise from the people of God. Only He is worthy, because only He is the righteous one. Through Him we are made righteous, to worship Him and love Him.