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Together for JOY.

God gives joy to his people as they worship and serve Him together. David wrote a song about this in Psalm 122:1-9 (http://bit.ly/2n3Kad4).

Actually, the song is about Jerusalem, but the city is a picture of happy community. David rejoices with those who want to worship God (v 1). He sees Jerusalem’s buildings built closely together as a picture of unity (v 3). Then he prays for peace for everyone in the city (v 6). For the sake of his peers and friends, he starts to work for peace (v 8).

Don’t travel solo.
Joy is found travelling together with God’s people.

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Restored for JOY.

You know like when you’re totally desperate for something and then it happens? You just can’t explain that feeling to others.

A songwriter tried to do that in psalm 126:1-6 (http://bit.ly/2n5gYCk). His community struggled through a really long, tough time. They were desperate. Suddenly, God changed everything. The songwriter says it was like they were dreaming an amazing dream. Their mouths were filled with real gut laughter.

God loves to give this kind of joy when He restores us. It’s like the sweetest dream made real. If you need to, turn back to God and let Him restore you.

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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.

Problem: GOD SEES AND HEARS.

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.

#GrantG

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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.

How?
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.

#GrantG

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