Sunday, October 2, 2011

Joy In My Heart

 “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart” (Where?) Down in my heart (Where?) Down in my heart to stay!”

I sang that song back when I was a little girl in Sunday School class. I grew up in the church so many of the Sunday School classic songs come back to me now and minister to my heart – just when I need them. I love how God does that.

Some things are just timeless. Their lessons –albeit simple – are resounding.

I’ve been thinking about joy lately. How it seems to escape so many of us when it’s right at our fingertips. And this simple Sunday School song came flooding back to my mind and to my lips, reminding me of just that fact.

Oh, how confidently a child can sing out that they have joy! They don’t shoulder so many of the burdens that an adult does. A little child doesn’t have the cares and burdens of a life filled with responsibility, hurt, and hard decisions that need to be made.

But deep inside every adult heart – still lives that child. And still lives that joy. That joy sometimes has been pushed down deeper inside, but it’s still there. For I don’t believe God can exist in a heart aside from joy. It is a part of who He is! It’s one of the biggest blessings He gives us – aside from THE biggest, which is salvation.

Joy. Joy gives us our strength. It helps us laugh through pain. It brings us hope. Love. Peace. Perspective. Focus. That’s joy. It reminds us who we’re living for.

I’m on a journey. A journey to dig down deep and grab hold of that joy that gets pushed down underneath all the other “stuff” of life. I’m determined to set it up on top of everything and let it lead me in life. Let it fill me.

How about you? Where is your joy? Where is your joy when you struggle with money issues, relationship issues, health issues, or simply emotional issues? Has it been pushed down too deep inside of you? Is it time to bring it up out into the open again and let it fuel and guide you?

Joy.  Remember and recall it. Let those old Sunday School songs fill your heart and pull the joy back up to the surface. Let joy flood you with courage, strength, and peace. Use the gift that has been given to you. The gift of joy.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

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