He Has Made Me Glad (even today)…

made me gladI guess by now (if you have read many of my blog posts) you know that more often than not they spring up from the Holy Spirit using my love for music to teach me a truth. This one is no different. Yesterday, I was singing the song “He Has Made Me Glad,” and I really began to ponder those words in my heart.

 

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart,

I will enter His courts with praise.

I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made.”

I will rejoice for He has made me glad!

He has made me glad!

He has made me glad!

I will rejoice for He has made me glad!

So, I walked around all day yesterday and today singing that song in my heart… over and over again. Along with that, the last part of Nehemiah 8:10 “for the joy of the Lord is your strength” kept coming to mind. Well then, lo and behold, at our evening service tonight our pastor began to talk about that very same joy and the act of rejoicing. He began our text tonight with “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.” [Philippians 4:4]

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Wow! Isn’t it a wonderful thing when the Holy Spirit prods and pokes you until you begin letting His message sink into your very being? All of a sudden, it came to me that this feeling that I have, this feeling that keeps a song of praise on my heart, in my mind, and on my lips – it is a supernatural joy and gladness that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. When I got home I just had to get out the computer and my Bible Gateway app on my phone to really begin checking this joy and gladness out in depth.

I think the reason this has gotten my attention is that I have come to the realization that happiness and joy in the Lord are two very different things. Happiness is an emotion that usually derives from your circumstances or situations that affect you. Lots of things can make you happy whether you are a Believer or not. Happiness also is a fickle thing. Just as quickly as you became happy… some other circumstance or situation can present itself and WHAM you are thrown into the pits of despair. You can go up and down on a roller coaster of emotion that can leave you longing for peace. Now, on the other side of that is joy in the Lord.

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior a change takes place in us immediately. Just as Paul wrote in Romans “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” [Romans 3:23] It’s not just me… or you… every last one of us on this earth have sinned and are headed to a sinner’s hell. The moment we are born, we begin dying because of sin entering this world and the enemy begins to shoot his fiery darts of sin and destruction at us. When we believe on Jesus, trust in Him as our Lord and Savior, and surrender our lives and our will over to Him we are cured of that sin sickness that was killing us. We are immediately forgiven because the very Blood of Jesus has covered our sin. Our Lord Jesus was the Lamb of God who has taken our sin upon Himself so that we might be saved. He has cast our sin as far as the east is from the west. He has redeemed us, so that we can stand before God blameless.

pluck themAt the same time, and because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we are immediately adopted into the family of God as His children. We can cry out to Him, “Abba Father”. Peter tells us “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” [1 Peter 2:9] Death has no power over us any longer. Even when we die an earthly death, yet even then we shall live forever with God. And the best part is that though we will continue to sin from time to time because we are still wrapped in this earthly flesh, God’s Word tells us that, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” And that furthermore, Jesus Himself said that those Believers that the Father has given Him… no one can pluck out of His hand. Not ever. We don’t lose our salvation and our standing with God when we sin and have to earn it back over and over… once we are His, we are forever and always His. Praise Jesus! He has set us free with His finished work at Calvary, His resurrection, and His promise to come again. He is right now at the right hand of God. That’s some shouting ground – some gladness to rejoice over!

I say all of that to say this: This morning, our church family and school family learned of a tragic car accident where a young man known to us all lost his life. What a blow that was to all of us! Full of compassion for his family and friends, we came together to pray at the altar this morning. We were sad for his loss, and many of us wept. However, as the Lord is faithful to do, we were reminded that we will see him again. You see, our church had the unique privilege to see that young man walk our aisle and profess his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior some years ago at a revival at our church. He followed up with believer’s baptism at his own church. The Lord was good to draw him and to save him, so that while we are still sad that he won’t be with us anymore for now – we know that we will see him again in heaven. We have joy in knowing that even as those left here are mourning and sad, he is rejoicing and walking streets of gold, praising his Lord who called him out of darkness and into His marvelous light. Lean on Jesus now to fill your troubled and weary heart with His peace that surpasses all understanding –  so that even through our tears, we can look towards heaven, and know that our loved ones who have trusted in the Lord Jesus are there where we will see them again and join them in praising the One who loved us first and makes us glad.

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What a day that will be,

When my Jesus I shall see,

When I look upon His face

The One who saved me by His grace.

When He takes me by the hand,

And leads me through the Promised Land.

                                                         What a day, glorious day that will be.

 

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