Filled With Joy
'But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. '
Do you show joy in your praise of God? You should! The great 19th-Century preacher Charles Spurgeon looked at those who approach worship as a solemn chore and prayed for a touch of flame in their hearts:
"A touch of enthusiasm would be the salvation of many a man's religion. Some Christians are good enough people: they are like wax candles, but they are not lighted. Oh, for a touch of flame! Then would they scatter light, and thus become of service to their families.”
Spurgeon’s view of this Psalm was that Christians have a permit, precept, prayer, and promise to rejoice. He said “You have divine permission to shout for joy,” and that we are commanded to be joyful! We should pray for joy in ourselves and others, and especially for those who are servants of the Lord: “In proportion as you maintain your joy, you will be strong in the Lord, and for the Lord.”
The promise? “God promises joy and gladness to believers. Light is sown for them: the Lord will turn their night into day.”
If the words of David and the interpretation by Charles Spurgeon don’t make you want to shout and jump for joy for your belief, you may want to check your pulse!