From trouble to the altar of joy

Ps. 43:3-4:  “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!  Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.  Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.”

Psalm 43 is a prayer to God in time of trouble.  At times, any one of us can experience depression, worry, distress, pain, or sadness.  People around us may be experiencing those things right now.

Isn’t it so true that when we are in times of trouble, we crave light?   We crave a lifting of the spirit, and an uplifting of our souls.  Sometimes, even though we know that’s what we need, we can’t seem to find our way.  We need to be led to God’s holy hill…to His tabernacle.

If we could just get into His presence, we would experience the peace and find the Light and truth we seek.

That is why it is so important, when we are not in a place of trouble, that the Light of God within us is lighting the way towards the Lord.  Others may also be struggling, seeking the peace the need and the light that shines through us may be their only hope.

What a gift to allow the Light and Truth of the Lord within us to lead them to the altar of a God, to their exceeding joy, where they can make joyful, musical praise to their God!  “To God my exceeding joy” may be some of my favorite words in the Bible.  Those words lift my spirit and remind me that it is in a God that true joy is found.

Perhaps we have nothing else to count joyful in our lives, but God…

if we have God, we have all we will ever truly need.

We must let our light so shine as to lead others to a His holy hill, to His tabernacle, where they may fall at the altar of The Lord and find their exceeding joy.

Basking in His light,

jamie

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