“My Exceeding Joy” (Ready to Worship S5E12)

Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 12 for Friday, April 14, 2017

What brings you the most joy in life? Is it a hobby or a pastime? Is it a relationship? Is it traveling? Is it doing nothing? Is it entertainment?

As much joy as these things may bring us, there is someone and something that should bring us more joy. In the forty-third psalm, David wrote, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God”(Psa. 43:3-4).

Transcript

What brings you the most joy in life? Is it a hobby or a pastime? Maybe, it is misty mornings spent hunting or fishing. Maybe, it is watching your favorite football, baseball, or basketball team win another championship. 

Is it a relationship? Maybe, it is spending time with your wife, your children, or your friends. 

Is it traveling? Maybe, you like to see new places and to meet new people.

Is it doing nothing? Who doesn’t like to just relax? 

Is it entertainment? Maybe, you like to read. Maybe, you like music. Maybe, there’s a television show that you really enjoy watching.

For sure, there are many things that bring us joy in life. As long as these things don’t violate the principles of Scripture or cause us to forsake sacred duties, they are acceptable. As much joy as these things may bring us, there is someone and something that should bring us more joy. In the forty-third psalm, David wrote, “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me;

let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God”(Psa. 43:3-4). God was David’s exceeding joy. Worshipping God was what David enjoyed the most. The words of another psalm come to mind as we contemplate this thought. In the one hundred and twenty-second psalm, David wrote, “I was glad when they said unto me,

Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psa. 122:1).  In the twenty-first psalm, David elaborated on this thought. We read, “The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. His glory is great in thy salvation: honor and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: yes thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance” (Psa. 21:1-6). 

Sadly, some won’t go to worship this Sunday. Some will go to the lake or to the golf course instead. A few will go to visit a friend. Others will leisurely read the Sunday paper or watch television. They are revealing by their actions what brings them the most joy. 

What about us? What will we be doing this Sunday? If God is our exceeding joy, as He was David’s, I know what we will be doing. We will be worshipping Him. As we get ready to worship this week, let’s think on these things. 

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