“How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling. You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you. You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The Lord will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them. You will wipe their children from the face of the earth; they will never have descendants. Although they plot against you, their evil schemes will never succeed. For they will turn and run when they see your arrows aimed at them. Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.” Psalms 21:1-13 NLT
This passage reminds me that happiness is an emotion that tho feels good is fleeting. Joy is an eternal state of being. That no matter what, you can choose to have Joy because of God. So in your day to day life you can have joy in trials, joy in blessings, and joy in everyday. As you can choose to praise God for what he has given you each day. What I can take from this is, in my own choices as a Christian. To choose how to think, deal, and act when trials happen, when blessings happen, and through out my day. This both gives me power to make my own choices as well as the responsibility to use it wisely. That is something that I think that most Christian’s forget when living for Christ. It really reminds me off Deuteronomy 6. This Joy allows you to be able to choose to Trust God even when it is hard.
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