Fresh Joy

The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
(Isaiah 29:19 ESV)

I have been struggling for a few days.  My heart is heavy.  My mind seems to be on overload.  My sleep is restless.  I have found myself withdrawn and irritable.

I realize that this is only a temporary space.  I may be overly concerned with pressing needs.  But I have a more sure hope.

In the midst of my funk, this verse from Isaiah has been burning in my soul.  I have been praying for fresh joy.  I am confident that this is a prayer that God wants to and will answer.

What is Fresh Joy?

It is a renewal of contentment and pleasure.  It is that which comes anew from the Lord like manna poured out to the Israelites in the wilderness.  It is not stale or leftover.  It is fresh.  It is exulting in the Lord.

Where is Fresh Joy?

It is in the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.  I will not find this kind of joy anywhere else.  Not in treasures.  Not in devising great plans.  It is found only in the Lord.  He is the one who can infuse my soul with delight and satisfaction.

Who gets Fresh Joy?

Those who are meek or poor obtain .  This is a call to humility and against pride.  I will not get this joy because I deserve it or earn it.  It is God’s gift.

Why Fresh Joy?

To honor the Lord.  Plain and simple.  It’s great for me, but the real purpose is to bring glory to His name.

I am writing this not to ask for pity.  You certainly may pray for me.  But I want my writing to reflect an honest walk with the Lord.  At times this walk can be frustrating.  Usually because I divert my steps off of the path.  At times, it is simply the path that the Lord lays before me.  The fresh joy comes when I fix my gaze on the Lord and trust that he cares for me.  I need to see my struggles through this lens.

What about you?  Do you need a dose of fresh joy?

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  • Linda Ratliff

    Frank, a few weeks ago I was sitting at the computer with tears in my eyes because of a situation that was really eating at me. As I checked my email, one popped up from our pastor’s wife. It had a scripture from 1 Peter which just spoke to my heart. I copied it and still have it where I see it each morning. “CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY UPON HIM, FOR HE CARES FOR YOU.” These words have been a blessing to me and I pray they will help you return to your place of joy in the Lord.

    Have a blessed day–lr

    • Thanks, Linda. That is a favorite verse of mine, too. I wrote this article yesterday, and today witnessed a great prayer time this morning. I’ll report on that soon.

      I pray that your situation is seeing the hand of God working, too.