The Joy of the Lord (#write31days – Day 2)

This challenge is starting out more difficult than I imagined it to be. How hard could it be to do something that brings me joy?

Well, after a week filled with joy-filled worship, fellowship and conversation, I stumbled back into reality and practically forgot everything I had learned.

So, on this Sabbath day, I am going to go back and begin with the source of all joy: The LORD.

I’ve posted about it before, but the song that has kept popping into my head is Rend Collective’s “The Joy of the Lord”:

Though the tears may fall my song will rise
My song will rise to You
Though my heart may fail my song will rise
My song will rise to You
While there’s breath in my lungs
I will praise You Lord

In the dead of night I’ll lift my eyes
I’ll lift my eyes to You
Though the waters rise I’ll lift my eyes
I’ll lift my eyes to You
While there’s hope in this heart
I will praise You Lord

CHORUS
The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
In the darkness I’ll dance
In the shadows I’ll sing
The joy of the Lord is my strength

VERSE
When I cannot see You with my eyes
Let faith arise to You
When I cannot feel Your hand in mine
Let faith arise to You
God of mercy and love
I will praise You Lord

How You shine with glory Lord of light
I feel alive with You
In Your presence now I come alive
I am alive with You
There is strength when I say
I will praise You Lord

Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/rend-collective/joy-of-the-lord-lyrics/#Ue1T51fOETrEoMfF.99

 

The interesting thing to me about this song is that is specifically talks about joy in troubled times.

Though the tears may fall….
In the dead of night…
Though the waters rise…
When I cannot see you with my eyes…

I resonate with many of these phrases; I have a lot on my plate and it’s hard for me to see the joy through it all. Instead of feeling blessed with a lot to do, I feel the burden of too much to do.

Even when I am without joy, the Lord IS my joy. With Him in my life, I have much to celebrate!

BRIDGE
When sorrow comes my way
You are the shield around me
Always You remain
My courage in the fight
I hear You call my name
Jesus I am coming
Walking on the waves
Reaching for Your light 

Jesus is calling me. He is my light. I will dwell in these thoughts today.

 

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