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Psalm 65

This psalm has a different approach to joy from psalm 51. In this psalm, the joy that is described is that of all creation. In this I am reminded of Isaiah 45:23 where it is proclaimed that every knee shall bow and tongue confess Jesus. In this psalm the joy is that of every knee bowing and tongue confessing and all people feeling great joy at the presence of God and the knowledge of who He is. At the end of this psalm, there is the statement that all creation will feel joy at God. Pretty powerful statements. They establish very clearly that Joy is in the knowledge and presence of God.

What more can I say? True Joy is a response to God.

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Psalm 51

In this psalm David has been visited by the prophet Nathan, who reminded him of his sin in taking Uriah the Hittite’s wife Bathsheba as his own and killing Uriah. David realises the horror of his sin and begs God for forgiveness. He is so appalled at his sin that all joy has left his life. He begs God to cleanse him of the stain of the sin so that he may again feel joy. He begs God to restore the joy of God’s salvation to him. He feels no joy because of the enormity of his sin and the knowledge this has separated him from God. His joy is in God and his relationship with God.
Looking at this psalm, it is clear that true Joy is found in God and is from God. That joy can be found no matter our circumstances. However, when we are aware of committing a great sin, our horror at what we have done will not allow us to feel joy. Joy will only come when we seek God’s forgiveness and allow Him to wash us clean.
So there are times when we will not feel joy.
When we find ourselves in such a time and understand it is because of a sin we have committed we need to come before God in repentance. Then we need to accept His forgiveness and forgive ourselves. If we hold on to unforgiveness, we will not be open to feel God’s Joy. Remember. He instructs us to forgive as He forgives. This includes forgiving ourselves. When we do, then we can feel God’s Joy again.

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Psalm 48

This psalm is a call to the people of Israel in good times. You would think it would be easier to feel Joy in the good times but that is often not so.
When things are bad we seek God and beg for relief. We remember to pray often and dedicate much time to seeking God. Not so the good times, when we are not under such stress and can be so caught up in how good things are that we forget to thank the one who has placed us in these good times. It is then that we fall under the spell of thinking we are responsible for the good things that happen, of believing we can build that tower to God.
Psalm 48 covers such times. The psalmist understood the human tendency to forget God in the good times. He writes to remind us that God’s blessings are there in the good times and we need to remember that. We need to always praise God. We need to always open ourselves to feel God’s Joy.
In the good times we have time to meditate on God’s unfailing love. We are not desperately begging Him to intervene in a crisis. We can instead meditate on His greatness. In the good times we have time to praise God. We don’t need to fill the air with our requests for relief. Instead we can fill the air with our praise. In the good times we have time to count our blessings and be thankful for them.

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Psalm 47

When I started this blog series, I announced I was going to explore how Joy is always available. This is in direct contrast to happiness, which is transient. I spoke of how we would explore how Joy was possible even in the darkest times.
It may seem over this course of these series that I have contradicted this. Certainly I have spoken of the need to accept that sometimes Joy is hard to find. That sometimes we need to sit in those dark places and be okay with that.
I believe that Joy is possible even in the darkest times, but it is not always something we feel. I believe that Joy is always around the corner and that part of that is our willingness to open ourselves to what God has to give us.
This psalm is one example of this. The psalmist has written this psalm as a call to worship and praise God with joy. He is saying that God is always there. That what God has done is always there. That at any time we are willing to, we can feel the joy of worshipping God because He is great.
This doesn’t mean we will always experience Joy and it doesn’t mean we are bad if we cannot at times experience Joy. What it does mean is that Joy is a choice. We can choose to be open to praising God. It also means there are times when we are not open and for those times God does not condemn us. He just holds us close.

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Psalm 45

I had trouble understanding this psalm until I read in one commentary that this was a psalm of praise to the Messiah, an allegory of the bride coming to the King. Once I put Jesus’ name in place of the King it all made sense.
It is in Jesus, our bridegroom, that we find our ultimate joy. A day will come when we who follow Him. We who are His bride. Will experience the joy of this psalm.
But in the meantime we can experience some of its joy. We can read this psalm of praise to Jesus and be filled with the glory of what He has done for us. We can feel joy because Jesus is exalted over all. We can feel joy because He is our bridegroom. He is our saviour. He is a precious gift from God. We can feel joy because Jesus is the reason the sins that weigh us down have been forgiven and cleansed and we can move forward in the blessing of righteousness. Just as the bride in the psalm comes into the presence of the King. Because of Jesus we can be whiter than the snow. Washed clean by His blood.
That is a great promise of joy. Joy we can experience now on earth, and in eternity with Jesus.




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