Bring Joy, O Lord

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"Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O LORD, I lift my soul." - Psalm 86:4

Psalm 86 is a very personal request to God from David expecting an answer. He starts his thoughts by expressing what he wants and then shares his condition.

Verse 1 "Hear O Lord and answer me, for I am poor and needy."
David asks for three things:
1. “Guard my life”. (verse 2)
2. “Have mercy on me” (verse 3)
3. “Bring joy to your servant” (verse 4)

In the order of his request he makes it clear he understands the importance of God’s presence, protection, and forgiveness in his life before asking God to bring him joy.

This search for joy is a timeless need we continue to seek in our daily lives. Joy is an "ingredient" that we want to experience as it adds sparkle to the dailiness of life. One type of joy we experience is observing the joy in the eyes of children at Christmas or the feeling that fills our heart when we have our children and grandchildren all home.

But the deeper side of joy is God’s joy in the mist of circumstances. It is a joy that is not based on feelings but is a gift from God in spite of feelings and circumstances. David asked God to bring him joy as his poor needy servant. A joy that would bring strength, hope, and peace. A deep- down spiritual sparkle that Nehemiah 8:10 tells of. "The joy of the LORD is my strength."

"I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. WHERE? Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay."

Prayer: 
Father, I ask that You will give me the confidence of David to seek your joy in all areas of my life. That I may experience the JOY transformation you bring and radiate your Holy Spirit to encourage and point others to You. Amen.
Date: 
Aug 9 2018