Today’s Reading: Psalm 9

Joy is my word of the year. Not real sure why this was laid on my heart. I really wanted ‘servant’ to be my word. Last year’s word was ‘understand.’ As in I really want to learn, know, and understand God & Jesus more. Tough word, because to have faith means we will never truly understand ALL aspects of God.

Back to Joy. I have never really felt a lack of Joy. In general, I am a pretty happy guy. So why this word? It was really just drifting around my head a bit here and there until Psalm 4:7 slammed it into my head pretty strongly. “Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.” And my “Life Application Study Bible (LASB).” Writes the following,

“Two kinds of joy are contrasted here-inward joy that come from knowing and trusting God and happiness that comes as a result of pleasant circumstances. Inward joy is steady as long as we trust God; happiness is unpredictable. Inward joy defeats discouragement; happiness covers it up. Inward joy is lasting; happiness is temporary.

Never really thought of the difference between joy and happiness. So I mulled it for over a week and it became stronger. So Joy it is.

First day of joy as my word. I like to start with a definition. I used Merriam-Webster.

Definition of joy

1  a :  the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires :  delight
b :  the expression or exhibition of such emotion :  gaiety

2:  a state of happiness or felicity :  bliss

3:  a source or cause of delight

As I continue my attempt to read through Bible, today’s chapter is Psalm 9. And the very 2nd verse is “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” Bam. There’s my word, but it’s in the form of Rejoice. Back to definitions at Meriam-Webster.  As a transitive verb: “to give joy to (gladden)” and as a intransitive verb “to feel joy or great delight.”

Great. So now I have joy, rejoice, and don’t forget I am sure enjoy will also show up. This is going to be a great year.

And just from the 2nd verse, I stopped and decided to start blogging as my Bible reading journaling as part of my growth. I have not journaled since I was required to in college 20+ years ago. So this will be a new experience. And I will share it with whoever finds it. My goal is to read at least one Bible chapter per day. I will try to journal on each one. I expect some to be very short. And a few rare ones will be long and rambling as I mull what I am learning.

I actually have two bibles that I read during my study. Both are NIV. No real reason. BUT one is the Life Application Study Bible (LASB) mentioned above and the other is the Zondervan Study Bible that was a gift from my wife. I really love the different perspectives that the notes of each bible share. I find them both very important.

Now having actually finished Psalm 9 after 3 hours and multiple interruptions (including starting this blog). I find this is going to be a very fun journey. The last sentence in the LASB note for Psalm 9 is, “Even when others forget us, He will remember.” I find that a great source of comfort and joy, the internal kind.

For those of you that read to the end, thanks for joining me at the beginning of the next stage of my journey. I think one of the reasons Joy was pressed into my heart is the desire and need to spread Joy to others. Thus this blog. Thanks be to God and Blessings to all of you.