15-12-13 The Joy Of The Lord

The joy of the Lord, My Dear Congregation, is our reward! So in what should we rejoice?

Phil. 4: 4 to 7:

[4] Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Let your moderation be known unto all men! So it is not ‘Dream Big’ as we are told by the priests of the bull – god of whom there is an image outside the Wall Str. Stock Exchange, it is joy in moderation, not joy in moderation, but plenty of joy in a life of moderation, joy in the simple things of life, that is the joy of the Lord, the joy God gives us.

The Lord is at hand. Well, this could mean the imminent return of Christ at that time. But Where Did Abraham’s Servant Put His Hand?

What is the simplest but most joyful thing? To rejoice with the joy of the Lord you don’t need anything fancy. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Can you imagine the type of person the Apostle recommends us to be? Your conversation should be with God, not with people. Of course you will speak with people, but do not be careful or ashamed towards them. Your joy is the joy of the Lord! Your responsibility is towards God and, one day, he will demand an account of your life. You’re not responsible to anybody else! One day, he may ask you, whether you have enjoyed your life, whether you felt the joy of the Lord, and you should not have to answer that you feared shame and ridicule from humans more than you feared God.

So put your trust in God!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Amen!

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Amen