For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12 KJV)
We should be ALWAYS JOYFUL!
I did something different this morning. I went for a walk with a friend who had a cute little puppy. As we walked and talked, the puppy could be seen running back and forth, sometimes stopping by our feet and playing. It was living up to the old saying, "as playful as a puppy." It was happy and joyful.
I thought for a moment and concluded, "This is the type of JOY that God wants his children to have."
The prophet Isaiah in penning the passage of scripture under review today, uses a poetic style of language that puts the reader directly in the middle of a life filled with peace, joy and excitement. This is the life that God wants ALL believers to have
He longs for us to recognize that once we have enough faith in him, we would be set free - released from our bondages. Peace will reign triumphant in our lives. There would be continuous rejoicing which would spread abroad to all those around.
God wants us to be so happy and JOYFUL that even the trees will clap their hands and celebrate with us and the hills and mountains will catch on and start singing.
You have a choice to make today. Continue to be depressed and carry your own burdens OR cast them all on Jesus, trust him as Lord of your life and move forward with HIGH HOPES as you aim to BE ALWAYS FILLED WITH JOY like the little puppy at the beginning of our devotional.