February 11, 2018

Psalm 16:1-11

Joy is a prominent feature of the true worship of God in the Old Testament. Wherever people know, love, and worship God, his love instills a joy that only he can give into the hearts of his worshipers (1 Chronicles 15:16; Ezra 3:12, 6:16; Psalm 16:11, 32:11, 51:12).

In the times of King Hezekiah, the Israelites rededicated themselves to God and this was the result: “So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel” (2 Chronicles 30:26). The people’s renewed commitment to God reignited the joy in their hearts that only God can produce. Believers today can experience this same joy when they are dedicated to Jesus. And, as a result, non-believers will be drawn out of the darkness as the shepherds were that night outside of Bethlehem when the angels appeared to them proclaiming, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great JOY for all the people” (Luke 2:10).