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THE LASTING SOURCE OF JOY

David said in Psalm 4:7, “You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.” Grain and wine are very significant in Israel. They are symbols of prosperity and God’s blessings. Wine especially is a symbol of JOY. Psalm 104, 14-15 says, “He (God) causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring forth food from the earth, and WINE THAT MAKES GLAD THE HEART OF MAN, oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart.” But David is telling us of a heart of gladness that does not depend on grain and wine. It is a heart that is joyful MORE than in the season when grain and wine increase. David’s joy is simply unconditional. It is not dependent on physical circumstances. What makes it rejoice is beyond what eyes can see. Friends, what is the source of your joy – certificates, money, power, position, family, friends…? These are all sources of great excitement. The only problem with them is that they are ephemeral. They don’t last forever and can disappear or disappoint you any time. Our joy is not supposed to be oscillating. We get excited when all these things are working for us and we become moody, anxious or sad once they turn the other way. The only source of EVERLASTING JOY is CHRIST. Philippians 4:4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” It is only those that have Jesus as their LORD that can really rejoice ALWAYS. If you have him, then get your mind off all these things that give you temporary joy and focus on the Lord alone. If you don’t, then better give your life to Christ today. Our song should be like that of Habakkuk who simply reiterated the word of David in this Psalm 4: “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.” This should be your song ALWAYS!

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