January 23, 2019 – Psalm 119:1-2

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.  Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts. Psalm 119:1-2.

Where do we look for Joy? Joy that comes from the Heart. Joy in living and loving God is a Joy that grows.  It isn’t what we own, it is what we give that gives real Joy.  

How is your ‘Obedience and Integrity Factor?’  The beginning of Joy begins with how we clothe ourselves.  Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12.  

These qualities of holy living make up the definition of integrity.  Add obedience!  Just this once, I can stop any time, Want to experience something new, are words not included in the vocabulary of one who ‘searches with all that is within him’ for The Lord.

The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.  Lamentations 3:25-26.  Is God’s Word the antidote the antidote for sin?  We read ‘clothe yourselves.’  This is an act of choosing to continually read, chew, and live God’s Word.  This is the Joy lifting our spirits to know Him more completely.

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LordOh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. Psalm 40:3-4.

I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  I praise you, O Lord; teach me Your decrees. Psalm 119:11-12.