“Joy, which is the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian.” Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19.
When Israel came out of Egypt after they crossed the Red Sea and come safely to the other side, they looked back and saw the Egyptians who were chasing them drowning in the water while they themselves had walked on dry land; they started to sing and praise God.
They were filled with joy at their circumstances.
Paul and Silas were dragged into the marketplace, unjustly condemned, flogged, beaten with rods, put in prison and fastened with stocks. They were praying and singing while chained in the prison.
They were filled with joy despite their circumstances.
So, regardless of our circumstance we should always be filled with joy and praise God. The Scripture says:
- The joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
- The Lord had caused them to rejoice. Ezra 6:22
- But I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22
Joy – it is given to me, a child of the Most High God, by God Himself. It is Himself who causes me to be joyful – because He is the source of it. And it is His joy that gives me strength to face each day because of the promise that I have in Him.
The answer to this week’s question:
Sapphire (See Exodus 24:10).