Joy is the unmistakable pulse of childlike self-forgetfulness and the herald of a coming kingship founded on humility. A joy-filled man, woman, or child is no longer preoccupied with self, but aimed upward and outward toward a greater glory than self can offer. This is humility, the seed-bed of Joy. One aim of the Christian life is to get swept up in the whirling, eternal wheel called “Joy!” that starts with self-forgetfulness, leads to humility, results in death and, therefore, glorification, either here or in the hereafter.
Archives for July 2015
Recalling your true identity, waking each morning to the assurances of God, and going to bed at night having pursued His calling.
“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in his excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasing arms; he will thrust out the enemy from before you and will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone, in a land of grain and new wine; his heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places” (Deuteronomy 33:26-29).