The blameless in their walk are His delight. (Proverb 11:20)
Today let’s take a look at two aspects of joy: the joy of pleasing God, and how to lose your joy. Bringing joy to God is our focus and if we are being honest we probably don’t give much thought to how we can bring joy to God, but Scripture mentions several ways. Luke 15:7, says, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Verse 10 tells us, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Repentance brings joy to God. Faith is another source of joy for God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” When we trust God, He is pleased. Trusting Him proves our faith in Him, “don’t worry“. After repentance and faith, there is prayer. Proverbs 15:8 says, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Living right, (do the right thing) is another source of joy to God, as David acknowledges in 1 Chronicles 29:17: “I know, O my God, that Thou triest the heart and delightest in uprightness.” Solomon added that those who walk blamelessly are God’s delight (Prov. 11:20). Repentance, faith, prayer, and righteous living all please God because they are expressions of love. Whenever we express your love to Him – whether by words of praise or acts of obedience – we bring Him joy. That truth should encourage and motivate us to find as many ways as possible to bring Him joy today.
Let us all together thank God for the privilege of bringing Him joy!