Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

Though it be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as  necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight. Repentance from sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God’s excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder… How much soever of a paradox it may seem, it is a true that repentance  is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure.”Jonathan Edwards

Oh that we would have this pleasant pain. The pain of sorrow woven together with the greatest joy of knowing and treasuring Jesus!

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Needing an encouragement to get me going today I turned to the Psalms. I love how the psalmists always make radical affirmations connected to the greatness of God. Today the John 3:16 of the Psalms was the verse that made my heart leap with joy… Yes, Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” I think that this was actually the first Bible verse I ever memorized. Oh how sweet it’s truths are!!!

The LORD Almighty, Sovereign, Faithful and Good, full of mercies, lover of my soul, is MY SHEPHERD! Oh what joy, what confidence,what peace He brings! He is the overseer of my soul, and I SHALL NOT WANT! No good thing shall I lack! What a sweet promise we have!

May His Sovereign rule bring you peace and joy this day!

J. C. Hahne