Ah, ‘shouts of joy.’
I really like how this one starts. Especially with my new understanding about fear of the Lord. “whom shall I fear?” Easy. Only God will I fear. That popped into my head as soon as I read the first verse.
As I read, I usually circle or underline key words or phrases that jump out to me. Sometimes I will even write a few words for future re-reading. I wrote “only God” in the middle of verse 1. Verse 4 I circled ‘One.’ I love that despite all the troubles going on in David’s life, he really only wants one thing. He already has wealth, prestige, and most of the material things that we all traditionally want. But what David wants to most is to live in God’s presence every day of his life. Eternal life with God. I strive for that, but I often fall short, with other wants and desires. Depending on what’s going on in my life. On this valentine’s day, as I plan a surprise lunch with my wife, I still want to focus on my love of Jesus and His love for me. Bringing that love into my heart, my life, all of my relationships is my desire.
[Life Break interruption. Finishing this Bible Study blog a whole day later.]
Joy is finally mentioned again in verse 6. In times of trouble, in times of plenty, David shouts of his joy. I love that he sings as part of his shouting. When I was a wee lad, I remember the phrase, “joyful noise” in my bible, and I really love that phrase. I like to sing, but I can’t sing in key worth a darn. God does not care. He cares about your heart as you sing. I did a quick search for ‘joyful noise’ in my bible, and discovered it’s not there. It’s in the King James Version, and I am current reading the NIV. What is interesting, is the NIV translates ‘joyful noise’ to ‘shout with joy.’ I love it. I still sing, and will always try. Because my song is for Jesus.
“Teach me your way, O Lord.” This chapter keeps on giving me some great insights. As I am reading the bible, most every day, I am always asking God to teach me. What do you want me to learn today Lord? How can I become more like You? How can I understand you more? Teach me. Even in David’s time of trial, and hardship, he is asking God to teach him. He wants to know more about God. And if you really think about it, that’s a pretty tough question. Because God will use a wide variety of tools to teach, including trial, pain, hardship. It’s all important for my growth. He is the Father, and He will guide me and teach me. I just need to be willing to learn.
The chapter ends on something I struggle with sometimes. Waiting.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Verse 14.
I am getting much better at it. Waiting for the Lord. In His time. His perfect time. David waited for over 15 years after he was anointed king before he actually became king. The bible has multiple stories of people waiting years, even decades, for just the right time. So putting my waiting in perspective of those experiences helps me to have patience, perseverance, and steadfastness. I keep learning. I keep reading the word of God. I seek to better understand God. I, I, eye, I. (pun intended). I write this journal mostly for me, because it helps me to understand more, and I write it for you, because I feel like that is what I am supposed to do. And I find that I am taking great joy out of it. Much more than I thought when I felt the nudge to create this blog.
My God. I am loving this journey of my One Word, and I thank you for placing this word on my heart. Keep close and guide my thoughts and my actions as I learn more about You. My life, my wife, my family, my church. . . Thank You is never enough, God, know my heart and hear my praise. Amen.