Sara’s Notes of Joy

(Zephaniah 3:17) “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

What do you do when The Lord is rejoicing with gladness and singing over you?

In the book of Zephaniah the prophet is describing the destruction of Judah, Philistine, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia, and Assyria by the might nation of Babylon. Yet, Zephaniah was assuring these nations that not one nation of people was too far from God’s love, and not one nation was too small for His power! Then he closes this little book with powerful promises and encouraging the people to respond positively to God’s full circle of love.

How? (Zephaniah 3:14) “Sing, shout and be glad and rejoice with all your heart. (Verse 15 Amplified) (For then it will be that) the Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cast out your enemy.”

Many times we find that we can sing, shout, clap and rejoice when we have our victories. When God has answered our prayers, or when we feel good for the day. The question to us is; are we able to sing, shout and rejoice in the midst of our troubles. In the middle of a busy day or in the emotional fear of the night?

The prophet Habakkuk finds everything in his external world that can go wrong going wrong. And, he declares “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk goes on to tell us about his exuberance and his leaping for joy over his fellowship with Yahweh, his Lord.

Music Notes when sung, shouted or danced in the midst of our troubles produces Joy. We must make the music notes live by responding to God �s singing and dancing over us.

The Apostle Paul wrote a beautiful letter “chopped full” of Joy Notes to the Philippians. One of the many things we see Paul conveying in this letter is how we are to have a mind through which Christ can think. A heart through which Christ can love, a tongue through which Christ can speak and sing, a face through which Christ can smile and shine, hands through which Christ can work and exhibit joy, and feet through which Christ can leap and dance. This is saying we are to be a Mosaic of Joy.

In (Philippians 4:9) Paul, says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Be a Mosaic of Joy like Paul. He says my life ambition is to “Know Him.” (Philippians 3:10) “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

(Psalm 30:5b) “Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.”

Don’t wait for Joy to come to you but let us go to Joy. Arise to His Beauty and Joy will come in many forms. Joy will inspire your day, your work and your life.

4 thoughts on “MOSAIC OF JOY

  1. The Apostle John wrote: “And these things write we unto you that your joy may be full” ~I John 1:4

    A unique characteristic of joy is that it is always new. We need not reach back for the joy experienced last holiday or when someone or something pleased us. But, it is still there in us, in a beautiful stained glass window (Mosaic) just waiting for your sun (Son) to shine.

    1. That is an excellent thought to take with me, this morning. To resurrect the joy that is in me to allow the “TODAY’S SON” to shine thru it. I won’t have to conjure up something “artificial” to rejoice about. The Joy that the Lord has put into us, the peace that remains is forever and a day. And that EXTRA day is TODAY!!! Thanks

    2. This is wonderful!….Youre right it is in us…and all we need to do is pick up a crochet hook or step on a sewing machine pedal or pick up a paint brush, or stick our hands into some dirt to plant a seed, or move the mouse of a computor and type, or read the Words of life out loud to someone or just to read it and the Son comes shinging through in glory and strength and joy just floods all over just like you said its always new …and it gives strength…

  2. The word ‘mosaic’ brings to my mind the way a garden designer can effectively diagragm a dramatic bed. By thoughtfully configuring different sizes and shapes of areas to be planted with different types and colors and textures of annuals, perennials, shrubs, etc. a harmonious pattern is created. The developing garden begins to sing a joyful song. But none of this joy would come about unless deliberate steps were taken in the ‘heat of the day’ to arise to the occasion of planning and planting.
    I appreciate what you say above about joy being produced by the act of singing, etc and that we have to get up and go after/pursue joy. I find I have to often make a deliberate, conscious effort to sing and praise the Lord, constructing my garden mosaic, and then joy comes.

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