Today From Psalms

Exceeding Joy

Of the many prayers in the bible the most basic follows what we read in Psalm 43:3. “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me.”

We live in a world of spiritual darkness bereft of the truth. Without the light and truth of God we wander aimlessly through this life until the end and then enter into the emptiness of eternity without God.

But praise the Lord, there is light and truth to lead us to God. “Let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”

God gives us light and truth. If we respond to them, they will lead us to His “holy hill.”   Upon arriving the first thing God will reveal to us is the need of an altar. “Then will I go unto the altar of God.” (Verse 4) The altar reveals to man his sin and the need of a sacrifice. How matchless and marvelous is the truth of God’s altar. Calvary is God’s altar and on Calvary Jesus became our sacrifice. Coming to the altar of God, God becomes my “exceeding joy.”

I must pause here and meditate. The more I meditate, the more I reflect on my own life. From the depths of my inner being can I truly say “God is my exceeding joy?”

There are many joys in life and man has an insatiable desire to experience them. But of all the joys of life; is God truly our “exceeding joy?” (You may think I am being repetitious in this statement. You are right, I am. I mean to repeat this to get it firmly in my mind.)

How can God be our exceeding joy? The more of God’s light I walk in; the more of God’s truth I embrace for my life; the more I understand God’s altar; the more God will be “my exceeding joy.”

Light and truth are found in the Bible. The altar of god is fully revealed throughout the Bible. Do not neglect God’s word.

Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”

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