My Happiness Is Exchanged for 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. I will exchange and replace every temporal emotion in my mind. I must realize that, that mindset, has its foundation in happiness – which is based on the “happenings” at any given moment. Simply because joy is centered in the spirit of man – as I delight myself in You – my spirit will be at peace; and I will obtain the ability to receive all of the benefits of having a joy filled life – regardless.
So I thank You now, El Simchath Gili for Your guidance, direction and the provision of Your “joy”. The joy that You bring will empower me and offer to me the foundation to stand strong today and always.
Since your Word has informed me that joy is a part of the fruit of the spirit; I will seek to produce the same. I will continue to daily alter or amend my appetite in the realm of the spirit. I will provide the proper spiritual nourishment which will ensure that the fruit which my spirit produces is not lacking in the area of joy. I will become more aware of the fact that I must exchange those things which bring happiness with those which bring joy. As I continue to mature in you; this will become a natural process.
Finally, may I never cease 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.”