You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, we have access to unlimited joy regardless of our circumstances. The psalmist realized that God has put more joy in their heart than those who have increased in their earthly riches. Our joy in the Lord is more priceless than anything we own or hold dear to our hearts. However, it’s easy for us to miss this precious gift from God.
In his book, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis frames it just right:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We need to constantly realign our priorities and ambitions in the light of joy. Our joy from God isn’t limited to how much money we have in the bank, how well our relationships are going, or how much food we have to eat. The joy bubbles up from within us when we realize that God loves us so much that we can have a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. We get excited when we remember that everything we ever need is wrapped up in the Lord.
This joy isn’t given to everyone—just those who’ve decided to walk in the light with Jesus. Will we have difficult days? Of course! Will people let us down? Of course! Will we be persecuted for our faith? Of course! Will we have joy in spite of those things? Of course! Our joy through the Holy Spirit isn’t bound by our circumstances and we are free to sense this amazing joy even in the darkest days.
Dear Lord, oftentimes I forget about the joy that is available to me 24/7. I pray for a greater awareness and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit leading me to experience infinite joy in Jesus Christ. Amen.
In His Service,