The Gift of Joy

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 21:1-13

In this Psalm David expresses great happiness as he contemplates the blessings God has given him. If he was glad, how much happier we should be. He knew about the true God, but had only a partial knowl edge. We have come to know God through Christ. What a glorious revelation of God. How glad we should be!

David rejoices that God gave him the desire of his heart (v. 2). What are the desires of your heart? If your desires are according to the will of God, for your own spiritual growth, for the salvation of the lost, for the building up of the church of Jesus Christ, God will surely grant those desires.

Notice the source of David’s happiness in verse 6, “Surely you . . . made him glad with the joy of your presence.” What should make us most happy is that, through Christ, God has restored the ultimate blessing of life, to walk with the Lord. That’s what Adam and Eve did before the fall. That is the purpose of life, to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

The New Testament also emphasizes joy. The Beatitudes given by Jesus speak of blessing and that word can be translated happiness. Joy is the fruit of the Spirit, second only to love. Paul says from a prison cell, “Rejoice, and again I say rejoice.” Focus on the bless ings of God, and you will have a happiness which the difficulties of life cannot take away.


Father, so often we are sad as we focus on our difficulties. Help us to focus on our blessings. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.