40 Days of Joy - The Joy of the Lord Comes from Living God's Way - Day 14

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Psalm 1:1-3 - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

What three types of people are we to avoid (vs. 1)?

What are we to delight in and meditate on day and night (vs. 2)?

What will our lives be like if we learn to meditate on and delight in God’s Word (vs. 3)?

One of the best definitions of biblical mediation is found in J. I. Packer’s book, Knowing God.  “Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, thinking over, dwelling on, and applying to oneself the various things one knows about the works and ways and purpose and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communication with God. Its purpose is to clear one's mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one's mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself. It is, indeed, often a matter of arguing with oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God's power and grace.”

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • What ungodly friends do you need to remove from your life?

  • Practice meditating on God’s Word and letting His Word have its proper impact on your mind and heart.

Father, joy comes when I live Your way. Give me the courage to make a clean break from my ungodly friends who are pulling me away from You. Help me to meditate on Your Word every day. Give me a humble and teachable heart so that Your Word can have its proper impact on my mind and heart. Help me to walk closely in Your presence today. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Ephesians 4:1-3 - I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Psalm 64:10 - Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!

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