Morning by Morning, February 13 - Filled with Laughter and Joy
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Fill my heart with the fullness of Your Presence -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God. ...
"When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them!' The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad!" (Psalm 126:1-3 NKJV)
You're a good God who loves to bring us out of captivity and into Your freedom. You heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18). You love to fill our mouths with laughter and our hearts with singing. And You love to do great things for us -- all because You love us and want to display Your goodness and to the world around us, so they will also know You and Your freedom and joy.
Yes, Lord. You've done great things for us and we are glad! It's not always easy, even sometimes almost more than we can bear. But You never leave us, never forsake us, never forget about us in our bondage or give up on us in our sin. You're always right here with us, at work within us -- giving us hope, giving us grace, giving us an expectant faith of the good things to come and the great things You'll do. You're always redeeming, always restoring, and always fulfilling Your good "plans (You) have for (us) ... for (our) welfare and not for harm, to give (us) a future with hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).
So even when it's hard, even before we see Your good plans come to pass, we can be glad and full of joy. Your joy is our strength that gets us through (Nehemiah 8:10). "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy! He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing see for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him!" (Psalm 126:6 NKJV) We can laugh and sing even in the midst of our battles for our God is good and our God has done great things for us. And the best is yet to come! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
My Friend, may you be filled with laughter and joy, even in the midst of your battles, knowing the good plans and great things our God has for you, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!