"Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord" (Psalm 64:10).
Lord, You give us joy - true joy, lasting joy. This is Your joy. It's
not just a passing emotion. It's more than a feeling that doesn't last
very long. Your joy changes us. It gives us the strength to live as "a
new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
2 Samuel 7:1-29 Life isn't easy. Sometimes, it seems like there are nothing but hard times. There doesn't seem to be alight at the end of the tunnel. That's the way it feels - but it's not the way it is! Our feelings will lead us away from You - if we let them! Our feelings can run riot over us. They can wreck our lives. Help us, Lord, to look beyond the chaos. Help us to look to You. Sometimes, it feels like You're far away. That's the way it seems to us - but it's not the way it really is! You are with us - now and always (Matthew 1:23; Matthew 28:20).