“Joy comes in the morning!” Psalm 30:5
How easy it is to forget, in these temporary perilous times, that “Joy comes in the morning.” As Christians in these challenging end times, it is our inheritance and responsibility – indeed, our precious non-verbal ministry – to remember and enjoy this Spiritual Quality for His Chosen!
“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is found in Nehemiah 8:10. It’s after the children of Israel returned to Jerusalem from exile. They were listening to the law being read, were overcome with condemnation, and were weeping. Ezra read the law to the people producing sorrow because their lives and behavior were not in alignment with the law. But instead of being condemned, they were instructed to celebrate because of “The joy of the Lord.”
We see two types of Joy and they overlap. In Nehemiah, we see that wonderful 24/7 Joy encompassing morning, noon and night. In Psalm 30:5 we see the specific literal reference to the morning, a unique situation every day, where the Strength of the Lord, blissful and clear-headed Joy, starts as we awaken!
This is a Gift from God! It is universal for every individual who has given their lives and hearts to the Lord. Yes, Christianity is spiritual and supernatural! No matter how infiltrative Marxism and naturalism tries to water it down. We start our days with that quality of Joy “on earth as it is in Heaven.” Wow!
Who does not want this in perilous times! Who does not cherish this? C.S. Lewis wrote an autobiographical book, Surprised By Joy. Even the title ministers to millions! I still marvel how – after a trying and wearying and exhaustive day – I wake up the next day with joy in the morning, as I did a few minutes ago. It is a Great Reset ordained by God (and has nothing to do with Klaus Schwab).
It’s definitely a full tank of fuel, spiritual fuel, to start the day. It extends into and dominates morning prayer, meditating and reflecting time, in the very Presence of God. It is a daily Grace one can depend on, a spiritual breakfast which puts a smile on your lips! Hebrews 13: 8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And that includes His gift to us of Joy in the morning! Yesterday, today and forever!
So don’t start your day thinking you’re being “responsible” by worrying about temporal things in these perilous times. Start your day fully acknowledging Joy in the morning!
It includes, as Philippians 4:7 says, the peace of God which passes all understanding. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” as you continue another day in these perilous times.
And, guess what. With that joy in the morning extending through the day, with the peace that passes all understanding, your spirit will minister to others! To people you do and don’t know, at times when you least expect it. People will covet it, will envy it, will want to treasure it, “As the night grows darker, the Stars burn brighter!”
YOU are one of those Stars! It is your God-given Destiny.
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