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Summary: UNION WITH CHRIST IS YOUR GREATEST JOY!

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GREATER JOY

OBSERVATION: ISRAEL CELEBRATED THREE GREAT FEASTS: PASSOVER, PENTECOST, AND TABERNACLES. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES SPOKE TO THE INGATHERING OF CROPS. JOY CAME THROUGH AN ABUNDANT CROP!

INTERPRETATION: PSALMS 4:7 (NEW KING JAMES VERSION) YOU HAVE PUT GLADNESS IN MY HEART, MORE THAN IN THE SEASON THAT THEIR GRAIN AND WINE INCREASED. PSALMS 4:7 (THE BOOK) YOU HAVE GIVEN ME GREATER JOY THAN THOSE WHO HAVE ABUNDANT HARVESTS OF GRAIN AND WINE.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER:

THE JOY GOD GIVES ALWAYS TRANSCENDS THE JOY OF THE HARVEST. FERTILE SOIL AND ABUNDANT RAINFALL IS KEY TO A RIPE HARVEST. HOWEVER, THERE IS SOMETHING MORE TO REJOICE IN: THAT IS THE JOY OF GOD’S PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE!

VEXED BY UNGODLY MEN AROUND HIM, DAVID STILL LOOKS TO GOD FOR GLADNESS IN HIS HEART. HE KNEW ONLY THE LORD PUT IT THERE. THIS GLADNESS HAS ROOTS IN THE AARONIC PROMISE OF BLESSING TO THE SONS OF ISRAEL RECORDED IN NUMBER 6: 24-26. (THE BOOK) AND THE LORD SAID TO MOSES, INSTRUCT AARON AND HIS SONS TO BLESS THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WITH THIS SPECIAL BLESSING: MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND PROTECT YOU. MAY THE LORD SMILE ON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU. MAY THE LORD SHOW YOU HIS FAVOR AND GIVE YOU HIS PEACE.

CHRIST SPOKE TO THE JOY ONE EXPERIENCES BY REMAINING IN HIS LOVE. JOHN 15: 11 (THE BOOK) I HAVE TOLD YOU THIS SO THAT YOU WILL BE FILLED WITH MY JOY.

CHRIST SPOKE TO HIS DISCIPLES OF THE GRIEF THEY WOULD EXPERIENCE THROUGH HIS DEATH: THE HE SPOKE OF THE JOY THAT WOULD COME. JOHN 16: 22 (THE BOOK) YOU HAVE SORROW NOW, BUT I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN; THEN YOU WILL REJOICE, AND NO ONE CAN ROB YOU OF THAT JOY.

APPLICATION: DAVID KNEW WHERE TO GO TO FIND “THE GREATER JOY”. GREATER JOY IS IN GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST!


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