Psalm 4:7 “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.”
[Having wealth, security and provision bring joy to the natural heart. However, Lord, you desire to give our hearts much greater joy than anything this world can offer.
This is clear in our undeserved and rich relationship with you, in your unbelievably warm and loving grace and goodness which are personal, pleasant, powerful and profound. “These things I have told you so that my joy might remain in you and your joy might be full” (John 15:11). Truly, to know you is enough for joy!
To be your child and to walk with you opens our eyes to see more and more of the unseen, enables us to praise you in the midst of failure, rejection, hurt and pain–for your greatness, goodness and glory continue to be poured out upon us during such times.
In fact, the flow may increase during these times as we exercise the privilege of praise when we don’t want to, offering the sacrifice of our lips, the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Help me, Lord, to do this consistently as we ride the unpredictable roller coaster of Barbara’s depression, and now the slow recovery from my bout with encephalitis as well as my eczema, itching terribly from ankles to neck
Oh, that we would practice this all the time, for then we will rise through the levels of growth to greater and greater intimacy with you, to more and more understanding of your Love, to a deeper and broader grasp of your greatness, to a wider and higher vision of who you are.
There is no end to our ever-expanding wonder at your beautiful Character, your loving Heart and your mighty Strength, for you, Lord God are infinite in every aspect and are constantly at work in our lives, giving us God sightings daily. I praise you for your care, protection and provision for us every minute. You only, O Triune Lord God, are worthy of our worship.]