Trained for JOY.

A songwriter checked out the crowds around him.
What did he see?

Read Psalm 94: 8-15 (http://bit.ly/2nHzDV3).

A bunch of senseless fools. Living just for themselves, they refused God’s training. They thought He couldn’t see or hear (v 9). So they chased the good life, stepping on others to get everything they wanted.


Instead of behaving like this, what should God-followers do?

We choose to submit to God’s training, even when it’s difficult. Even when it means we don’t get the good life now. God’s training brings TRUE joy (v 12). Listen to His words today.



Present for JOY.

Wanna be happy? I do!
Let’s check out, over the next four weeks, how some of God’s top songwriters found REAL joy.

Like Ethan.
In his song, Psalm 89:14-18 (http://bit.ly/2lwXkPb), Ethan says he found a long-lasting, all-day-long joy.

By staying aware of God’s presence.

It doesn’t just happen, though. It’s something you have to learn (v 15). But as you do, you can discover God’s love and faithfulness (v 14). You also see his strength in action, and even his favour (v 17). These things bring happiness. Talk to God throughout today. Practise his presence. It’s the path to real joy.




God invites and welcomes your pain.

This might be a surprising one, but God never wants or expects us to try and handle rough times by ourselves.

Psalm 34.18 (http://bit.ly/2A61fJo) is the strongest reminder to me of this: ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’

No matter how low we go – and can it ever be much worse than a broken heart or a crushed spirit – God doesn’t promise to remove the circumstances, but rather declares to us that God will never leave us to handle the hard times by ourselves.

God’s Spirit is in us, Jesus is interceding on our behalf and God will make God’s self known to us if we look out for God.



God invites and welcomes your worship.

In the Old Testament we see this in the first commandment. ‘I am the Lord your God and you shall have no other gods before me.’ Exodus 20.2-3 (http://bit.ly/2ND8rSh) In the New Testament we hear it in Jesus answer to the question about the greatest commandment, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all of your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22.37-39 (http://bit.ly/2NEBHZ6)

Too often in Christianity we tend to make it all about us, our wants and needs; yet God will constantly remind us that God needs to be in the centre of it all.