First thought, even before I read the Psalm is that is three 17’s in a row.
No references to joy in this chapter, but a few interesting insights. “Apple of your eye.” I never knew this phrase was in the bible. At least twice actually, because I was referred back to Deut 31:10. Another interesting point was David acknowledging that God knows us through and through and that through prayer David has a close relationship with God.
To the Concordance. Deuteronomy 16:15
[Break: Life interruption] Weather delay at school messed up regular schedule. I read the verses and then left for the car ride. Purposefully done, so I could mull on what I was going to read in Deuteronomy and then finish my journaling.
Back again and read it again. I always read 5-10 verses before and after a scripture reference to try and gather a better context of the single verse. For this one, it really is verses 9-15. And these verses are referring to festivals. Actually, this is God telling the Israelites what to celebrate, when to celebrate, and how to celebrate. The Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Tabernacles.
God wants us to be happy. He wants us to have joy in our lives. But we really need to remember the source of joy comes from faith in God and Jesus. In a growing relationship with Jesus. Which means following the rules (like the 10 commandments). Reading the bible. Praying and talking to Jesus. Taking time to listen to Jesus. And also to celebrate (be joyful).
What this brings to mind is that in all that we do we should do it to the best of our ability. I try to teach my girls that every job should be done as if Jesus Christ is our immediate boss and will check on our results. It shows character. If you are cleaning toilets, be the best toilet cleaner on the block.
The bible has multiple stories of God blessing the company because of a Christian or God fearing Israelite within the company doing his best. God blessed the worker and the company benefited.
To paraphrase the end of Deut 16:15, “God will bless you in all the works of your hands, and your you will be complete.” If you enjoy your job, it’s almost not work. And much more enjoyable to get up on Monday morning. Hmmm. The joy of work. Seems like something to consider in a future bible study. I am sure even angels get tired from their work. I am also sure that angels take great joy from their work. Especially when they see some of their results. The movie, It’s a wonderful life, comes to mind.
I really am starting to like this bible study journaling/blogging. It allows me to ramble a bit, and I am sure when I look back on this in the future, I will continue to get more benefits. Plus, if I need to find this post in October, and I really don’t remember much about it, I can just do a quick search and the blog will find it for me. Rock on.
Final stray thought as I was posting this. Joy is definitely important in our life. Faith brings joy and all. But sorrow is a necessary part of joy. As much as I would love it, we can’t have joy 24/7. But knowing Jesus is in control helps take the sting out of sorrow. Not sure where this came from, but it’s there.