I read it 3 times. Not much here for me today on this Psalm. Using the notes at the bottom of the study bible helps me understand it a lot more. I can even see this applying easily to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and I had the thought of Jesus entering into my heart. In fact, the phrase, “knock and the door will be opened to you” enters my mind. And the visual for this blog is pretty close to what I see in my head (or will be as I always do the visual last, I type first, but I KNOW what I want it to look like).
I really like the website BibleGateway for my studies and I did a search for ‘knock’ and see multiple references to what I remember. The most interesting result is actually the last result.
Revelation 3:20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
For some reason I like that verse a lot. So I read that part of the chapter. It’s a warning against being a luke-warm Christian. I don’t feel luke-warm myself. However, I also don’t think I am a hot or burning Christian for Jesus. I do feel myself slowly getting hotter through this study. I wonder what God has planned for me?
Since my word is Joy, and that didn’t really apply to me in today’s reading, back to the concordance. Judges 9:19 is next. And boy is it interesting reading. I needed to read the entire chapter and the end verses of the previous chapter to get full context. Joy in this context is actually used as a curse. I never would have figured it. Context is everything. Along the lines of, “I hope you two enjoy each other, or you deserve each other.” Joy as sarcasm? No. More like heavy contemp.
But if Joy is a gift from God, and Abimelech was doing the exact opposite of God’s desire. So the curse was may you get the same Joy that you give. And both parties of this joy curse were eventually destroyed by each other. And looking at verse 23, God used one of his fallen angels to accomplish his goal with an exclamation point of a extra-ordinarily shameful death by their cultural standards.
A new aspect and use of Joy that I would never have considered. Especially from the Bible.
God can use all things towards His good. That’s pretty darn awesome.