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Uncontained Joy

When you think of uncontained, what do you imagine? I think back to the unrestrained flood waters after the torrential downpours of Hurricane Sandy. I picture the uncontrolled water shooting out from the burst pipe during the one frigid winter I forgot the turn off the outside water line. I remember the uncontained pool water when my dog decided to put too much pressure on the side of the pool, causing a huge burst of water to pour out into the yard.

The Bible says in Psalm 33 that as we trust God, we rejoice with an uncontained joy. Imagine that—an uncontained joy. That seems like something that is not seen much inside or outside the church walls. We have become a closed off people. We do not worship freely, but instead we stand still as to not draw any attention toward us. Instead of focusing on the One we are worshiping, we want to make sure we do not look strange. Rather than glorify God through the achievements and victories, we forget to give God any credit. We keep that praise from Him because it is not the in thing to say.

I know that I have witnessed young people who just let themselves go before Jesus. They lift up their hands; they dance like they truly have seen the face of God. This is probably as close as we get to David dancing without the “proper attire.” Today, check your joy meter. Is your joy contained? Are you even feeling the joy? What is stopping you from rejoicing in the Lord with your everything?

“As we trust, we rejoice with an uncontained joyflowing from Yahweh!” – Psalm 33:21 [TPT]

Scaling Walls Outline

Scaling Walls 1-22-17

{Overcome obstacles through God}

 

“In Your strength I can crush an army;

with my God I can scale any wall.”

[2 Samuel 22:30, Psalm 18:29]

“Vault the highest fences” [MSG]

 

David wrote this Psalm. He killed a lion & bear (see 1 Samuel 17:34-36). He killed many troops. He understood obstacles. He overcame obstacles.

 

Romans 5:3– We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

James 1:2– Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it anopportunity for great joy.

David strengthened himself in the LORDwhen people wanted to stone him (see 1 Samuel 30:6).

Recognize you are weak. Only then can you humbly accept God’s power.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (see 2 Corinthians 12:8-10)

Recognize He gives you the strength to complete all He has called you to do for His purpose. (Philippians 4:13)

God gave us His word to equip us [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

God gave us Holy Spirit to help, to encourage, and to reveal His Truth [John 14:25-27]

 

Ephesians 6:10Be strong in the Lordand in His mighty power.

 

When faced with obstacles, we must be strong in the LORD and recognize…

NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT [Zechariah 4:6]

 

Zerubbabel faces overwhelming task of rebuilding Temple

Oil – God’s Spirit

2 Olive Branches – Zerubbabel the ruler, Joshua the priest

Do not despise the small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10) – the work is just beginning

 

GREATEST OBSTACLE to accomplishing God’s work – SIN

Flying Scroll & Woman in Basket are a challenge to Israelites to repent (see Zechariah 5:1-11)

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – MLK

 

In 1985, Super Mario Bros arrived on the scene. Life forever changed.

Buzzy Beetleand Koopa Troopa– jump on shell & toss them to help you; shell was an obstacle that helped your progress in the game

  • Obstacles in your life do not hinder your relationship with God; they grow your relationship with God and increase your faith.
  • PRAISE GOD FOR THE OBSTACLES!! They are opportunities to grow deeper in Christ.

 

He has trusted you with the obstacles. These obstacles will bring you closer to Him and bring Him the greatest glory.

  • If you are suffering, praise Him for it.
  • If you are facing mountains before you, thank Him for it.

Be Sure to Praise

When we are blessed, it is sometimes hard to remember the Source of the blessing. The Bible tells us, “When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God.” We are reminded to be careful. It is so easy while we are in our time of “plenty” that we “forget the LORD… God and disobey His commands, regulations, and decrees.”

Today, aim to get into the habit of praising God. Continue to seek out opportunities to praise Him. As you give Him the honor and praise He deserves, you will continue to remind yourself of your dependence on Him. You will remember the Source of everything and develop an attitude of gratitude.

“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey His commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. – Deuteronomy 8:7-14 [NLT]

Undeserved Privilege

What if you did not help work on a project—not even for a second—but you received recognition for the great work you did on the project? During a ceremony, you were called up on stage to accept this great honor when you never even did anything to assist. Wouldn’t that be strange? Would you feel awkward receiving recognition when you did not even help with the project? What if you were given special access or a higher position with greater privilege because of this project? It sounds crazy, right?!?

The Bible speaks about this place of undeserved privilege, a place that we now stand. We are just like this person who never worked on a project but gained honor and privilege from the project. We do not deserve to stand before God. We do not deserve to have this privilege. Nonetheless, Jesus Christ has “brought us into this place.” He has allowed us to enter the inner veil. He has given us this great honor through Him.

Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we can “confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” Because of what Jesus Christ has done, we have been “brought… into this place of undeserved privilege.” Never forget that it is an undeserved privilege. Praise Him for He alone deserves the honor, glory, and praise. Share your hope with others and continue to look forward to what is ahead.

“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” – Romans 5:2 [NLT]

But As For Me

In Psalm 59, we read about people who wander about for food, growling when they are not satisfied. What imagery we get from the Psalmist. It is easy to picture. The Psalmist continues, “But as for me.” I love it. “But as for me, I will sing about Your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love.”

Life is difficult. Indeed. Even so, we have the choice to embrace God and the life He’s given us—to move forward as He leads. Or we have a choice to grumble in dissatisfaction and roam around growling.

Today, do you want to be a grumbler like the Israelites? Do you want to growl in dissatisfaction? Or will you be one of the few who say, “But as for me”? You have the choice. Do you look around and thank God for where He has placed you and His many blessings? Do you feel unsatisfied and complain? Will you sing with joy about His power and love?

God calls us to share the Good News with the whole world. Consider how many you reach with your grumbles and growls. Consider how many you reach with songs of praise and thanksgiving. When God gets the glory, eyes are pointed to Him.

“But as for me, I will sing about Your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love. For You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” – Psalm 59:16 [NLT]

Source of All My Joy

We look all over trying to have a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. We seek out delight in this world, but again and again we come up short. Temporary pleasures fade away. As we reach out for joy, we grasp glimpses of happiness that always fall short, unless we get to the source of joy itself.

The Psalmist got it! He understood that the source of our joy is God. Without God, you don’t have joy. You have something that might feel good for a while, might make you happy for a moment, but it passes. Circumstances and situations do not take away true joy, because through all the highs and lows of life, God is still present and you find your contentment in life in Him. Every time you depend upon something for joy, you will see it pass by at some point. People, feelings, situations—these things continue to change.

Today, praise the Lord, the source of joy. Ask Him to help you build your life upon His foundation. Let Him move freely in your life. Put your hope in Him. The fruit of joy will grow stronger in your life, and this with be contagious. Praise Him! He is the source of all your joy!

“There I will go to the altar of God, to God–the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!” – Psalm 43:4-5 [NLT]

Goodness of God

The Bible says that we are “a chosen people,” and “royal priests.” It also says that we are “God’s very own possession.” But the verse continues. We read AS A RESULT. This means because we are a chosen people, there’s something that we should be doing. We are “God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him (MSG).

We are supposed to be telling people about the goodness of God. The ESV says, “Proclaim the excellencies.” The NET says, “Proclaim the virtues.” The NIV says, “Declare the praises.” Do you get the picture?

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the result should be a shining light pointing others to the goodness of God. You should be praising the Lord. You should be pointing to God in everything you do. Today, consider if you are sharing the goodness of God. Be intentional to share His goodness. You may have come out of the darkness into His wonderful light, but there are others still in the darkness.

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 [NLT]

Burst Out in Songs

I love music and I love to sing. The problem is no one really enjoys hearing the sweet melodies I sing. I haven’t figured out how to sing in the right keys. Even so, God loves to hear me sing. He loves to hear you sing too!

The Psalms reference singing and praising God often. In Psalm 28:7, the Psalmist writes that his “heart is filled with joy,” so much joy that he “burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” In Psalm 30:12, the Psalmist talks about giving thanks forever—singing praises and not being silent.

How often do you burst out in songs for God? How often do you praise Him and thank Him for what He is doing in your life? He alone deserves all honor, glory, and praise. Often we are quick to thank someone who hands us a cup of coffee, but we don’t thank God for that same cup of coffee, or for something so much greater than that one, temporary cup of coffee. Today, I pray your heart is filled with joy that overflows and you burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

“The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” – Psalm 28:7 [NLT]

“That I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give You thanks forever!” – Psalm 30:12 [NLT]

Block of Cement

On my morning walk today, I passed by this block of cement that was different from the pavement. It is a very white cement, instead of the typical off white pavement color. Most people wouldn’t know what happened last year. When you look around today, the trench that was dug the previous year is no longer visible. Grass has grown over the nasty construction area. The block of pavement that was missing, is no longer an area of stones. Instead, we have the block of cement.

Over the years, you probably noticed change around you. God has given us different seasons of the year. We also have different circumstances, different periods of rest and rhythm, and time of pruning and growth. It is good to look back and remember what God has done. This keeps us humble and provides us an opportunity to praise God. It is also good to look back and remember what God has gotten us through in the past. We are reminded of His faithfulness. As we remember the trenches of the past, we now see the great growth He alone provides.

Today, you may be going through a trench. Remember that you will not always be in the trench. One day, there will be no more trench. Be reminded of the faithfulness of God. Be reminded that this time is temporary. Be reminded that God has a great plan and He will see it to completion.

“He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.” – Psalm 111:6-9 [NIV]

“For he loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD!” – Psalm 117:2 [NLT]

Leap Like a Deer

I am not too keen on waking up early for the Cross Country season. As I get older, I appreciate extra sleep. Even so, I love the drives to school for practice. I especially enjoy the moment alone when I’m driving the back road and witnessing all of the beauty around me. God never ceases to amaze me.

This morning, as I drove home, I looked before me and praised God for the beautiful farmland. I rejoiced in the amazing sunrise I was experiencing as I sang along to a praise song on the radio. Before I knew it, I was even more amazed. Three deer were prancing along. I slowed down the van as they crossed the road. They continued to leap through the corn field, and then they crossed the road again. For a moment, everything around me stopped. All the noise. All the busyness. All eyes focused on God’s creation doing the simplest of things—leaping along through the corn field.

I was reminded this morning of the great promise written in Isaiah, the promise that “the lame will leap like a deer.” God heals. God restores. God alone qualifies us. He is our strength. Praise Him and Him alone. Continue to press forward and tread on the heights He places before you. Leap like a deer today!

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:19a [NIV]

“The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland.” – Isaiah 35:6 [NLT]