For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. -Psalm 33:21
The root of faith produces the flower of heart-joy. We may not at the first rejoice, but it comes in due time. We trust the Lord when we are sad, and in due season He so answers our confidence that our faith turns to fruition, and we rejoice in the Lord. Doubt breeds distress, but trust means joy in the long run.
The assurance expressed by the psalmist in this verse is really a promise held out in the hands of holy confidence. Oh, for grace to appropriate it. If we do not rejoice at this moment, yet we shall do so, as surely as David’s God is our God.
Let us meditate upon the Lord’s holy name that we may trust Him the better and rejoice the more readily. He is in character holy, just, true, gracious, faithful, and unchanging. Is not such a God to be trusted? He is all wise, almighty, and everywhere present; can we not cheerfully rely upon Him? Yes, we will do so at once and do so without reserve. Jehovah-Jireh will provide; Jehovah-Shalom will send peace; Jehovah-Tsidkenu will justify; Jehovah-Shammah will be forever near; and in Jehovah-Nissi we will conquer every foe. They that know Thy name will trust Thee; and they that trust Thee will rejoice in Thee, O Lord.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning – Squeezing Joy Out of Sorrow | Romans 5:2-5 (Steve Wainright)
“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:2-5
It is inevitable that we will all have trouble. Do we really boast in our troubles? In our suffering? How can we squeeze joy out of sorrow?
When you’re squeezed and twisted in all areas of your life, God is producing joy. In suffering, the believer sees something greater: they see God’s hand at work.
He squeezes us all in different ways. When pressure is applied, something greater is being squeezed out of your life. In your squeezing, are you boasting about God or complaining about your circumstances?
The child of God can boast in tribulations for God has a higher purpose than we can see.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
Morning – Squeezing Joy Out of Sorrow | Romans 5:2-5 (Steve Wainright)
Evening – A Biblical Definition of the Sabbath | John 5:1-18 (Anthony Vance)
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Rejoicing is Your Security | Philippians 3:1-4
“Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.” -Philippians 3:1
Our source of joy is Jesus Christ. Rejoicing is a safeguard to you, especially in your affliction. If you’re rejoicing, you can’t complain. It is your security against dangers and temptations of the world.
Is the joy of the Lord your strength?
*Click here for Sunday Morning Audio: Rejoicing is Your Security (Philippians 3:1-4)
*Click here for Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: How You End is Most Important (1 Kings 14:21-31)
*Click here for last Wednesday’s Sermon Audio: Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 33:10-16)