Morning by Morning, May 15 - Shouts of Joy and Victory
Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are my Perfect Peace, my Abundant Joy, and my Unfailing Love. I welcome You all that is less than perfect, lacking in abundance, and wavering in persistence. You are All I need, my All in All. ...
"To the people Joshua gave this command: 'You shall not shout or let your voice be heard, nor shall you utter a word, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.... On the seventh day they rose early, at dawn, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, 'Shout! For the Lord has given you the city..." (Joshua 6:10-16).
The people of Israel were obedient and patient at the Battle of Jericho, waiting until Your command to act according to Your Divine strategy, crafted for this particular battle. No matter what taunts or intimidation may have come from their enemy, Your people keep silent until Your command to shout. But through their obedience with their words and actions, they were able to declare: "(The Lord) Most High is wonderful... He defeated nations for us and put them under out control. He chose the land we would inherit... God has risen with a shout of joy; the Lord has risen as the trumpets sounded!" (Psalm 47:2-5, NCV)
As with Israel, in our own spiritual journey the battles we face are never exactly the same. So the strategies You give us and the lessons You teach us require our obedience and patience, to listen for Your voice and obey Your command. Then with "shouts of joy and victory" from hearts made right through the grace and goodness of our God, we can celebrate that "the power of the Lord has won the victory; with his power the Lord has done mighty things" for us (Psalm 118:15, NCV). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray you will shout with joy and victory when you see the mighty things the Lord does for you, as you wait patiently and advance obediently at His command into your inheritance in Christ. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!