4.05.2010

His resurrection is joy!

"You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Psalm 16:11


I was reading through some of John Piper's Easter sermons online last night (you can find them here) and was struck by his thoughts on what the Bible says about joy...."ever-increasing joy".
"Jesus’ aim in all he taught was the joy of his people.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Joy is what God fills us with when we trust in Christ.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.
"...the simple and obvious observation that this joy in God is commanded. You see it on the second page of the booklet:
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 33:1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
It’s commanded because what is at stake is not just our joy but the glory of God, the honor and reputation of God. If we do not rejoice in God – if God is not our treasure and our delight and our satisfaction, then he his dishonored. His glory is belittled. His reputation is tarnished. Therefore God commands our joy both for our good and for his glory."

Don't miss the last line here!:

"His death and condemnation in the place of our condemnation; his perfect righteousness in the place of our sin and imperfection. And his resurrection to validate and secure our salvation and our joy forever and ever. The Bible says, "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. . . . But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:17, 20). Because he died for us and rose again, all who trust him have everlasting life and ever-increasing joy".    -John Piper




My heart overflows with joy!  Christ is alive!  He's given me ever-increasing joy!  Joy that is oceans deeper than the temporal emotion of happiness.


Thus, I continue the list of praise.  (Having miserably failed at every attempt to locate my camera's battery charger last night and in much frustration that all those Easter photos are stuck inside said camera, I continue my list with archived photos.) :)





#126. fearless firstborn reading Your words to the gathered on Thursday
#127. tired girl snuggled in on my lap
#128. monkey middle son who never fails to make us laugh
#130. and what a blessing it was!


#131. Your amazing metamorphosis and a butterfly in place of a caterpillar 
#133. Your sacrifice finished....my freedom in sweets again!
#134. Spirit-led words that challenge, encourage and make my heart beat all aflutter


#135. unseasonably warm days...bright with the sun!
#136. the satisfaction You give in outdoor work
#137. garden dreams...strawberries to come
#138. husband being able to put his socks on without pain
#139. You, the Ultimate Healer, give doctors such wisdom


#140. Love lay waiting...entombed in dark...for me!
#141. Love made alive preparing a place for me!


My choice is you, God, first and only.
      And now I find I'm your choice!
   You set me up with a house and yard.
      And then you made me your heir!

 The wise counsel 
God gives when I'm awake
      is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
   Day and night I'll stick with 
God;
      I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go.

 I'm happy from the inside out,
      and from the outside in, I'm firmly formed.
   You canceled my ticket to hell—
      that's not my destination!

 Now you've got my feet on the life path,
      all radiant from the shining of your face.
   Ever since you took my hand,
      I'm on the right way.
Psalm 16:5-11


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Rejoicing with you today,
Megan
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