The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to him in song.
As a young child, one of my all-time favorite Vacation Bible School songs went like this ... I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart (where?) ... down in my heart (where?) ... down in my heart to stay! We all sang with great gusto as we marched down the crimson carpet to our appointed wooden pew.
Oh, to again experience innocent joy as only possible through the eyes of a small child - sheer, unadulterated joy, not bound by the burdens of a life filled with grown-up responsibility. But inside this adult heart still lives that free-spirited child, for the joy of the Lord is my strength! That strength has helped me smile through many tears.
How about you? Where is your joy? What did you do for yourself today simply for the joy it brought to your life? What have you recently done for others to bring joy into their world? Or is your joy buried underneath all the other "stuff" of life? If today is a day when you need a lift, click on the link below and allow this infectious song to minister to your heart!
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!
Prayer for Today
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love! Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life. Amen.