Day 20-The Day of Joy
You O Lord are the source of my joy
“El SIMCHATH GILI”
(God my exceeding Joy - Psalm 43:4)
“……...This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the JOY of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Read Psalm 43 and Nehemiah 8
Today, Lord may I begin to comprehend that you ARE my joy. May I realize that my mind must be renewed to the concept, that my ability to remain joyful (full of joy) in the midst of adversity, is one of the battles that must be won. Consequently, Lord I will totally understand that you and you alone are the nucleus of my joy. Everything that is necessary for my “JOY” has its basis, its focus and its core emanating from you Lord.
Therefore today I invite you, El Simchath Gili to infiltrate my mind, thus permitting me to remain joyful throughout this day. I will not allow any circumstance that may arise today cause me to lose my focus.
So I thank you now, El Simchath Gili for your guidance, direction and the provision of your “joy” - that will be required for this day. May the joy that you bring empower me and offer to me the foundation to stand strong today and always. May I comprehend that joy, unlike happiness, is not contingent upon; my circumstances, my possessions or anything that I may encounter. Joy is that part of your fruit - Holy Spirit; that had been engrafted into my spirit – and is eternal!
May I continue to reflect on the strength and encouragement of our patriots who walked by faith as they sang:
“This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.”
I decree and declare that it is so….. In the name of Jesus – Amen.