Living Water Daily Devotional 1-1-19

Tuesday 1st January 2019

APPEAR BEFORE GOD WITH JOY

Read: Psalm 100:
MEMORISE: Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing (Psalm.100:2)

EXPOSITION
One important step anyone has to take to make his worship acceptance to God is to appear before Him with joy. Coming to the presence of God with joy is not negotiable, if you want to have a positive result of worship you give to God. The Psalmist says, ”Enter into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). Coming to the house of God must be something that springs up from your heart with joy and enthusiasm. Anything contrary to this mandate will eventually prove you a failure before God (See Psalm 42:4; 122:1).

Joy is one of the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit that every believer must possess to enjoy the presence of God in their lives (Gal. 5:22). Joy is gladness that is completely independent of the good or bad things that happen in the course of the day. It also denotes a supernatural gladness given by God’s Spirit that seems to show up best during hard times. Joy is having the sense of God’s grace and presence in the midst of trying circumstances. It is important to know that joy is not a human based happiness that comes and goes but rather, true joy is divine in its origin. It means a sense of God’s grace and favour towards us will bring joy to our hearts, and that joy in turn will overflow from our hearts in thanksgiving. You cannot do but give thanks to God when you have the joy of salvation regardless of challenges of life. When the psalmist calls us to worship, he says, “let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms (Ps 95:2).

To enjoy the dividend of the Kingdom of God, you must have the joy of God flowing in your life through the power and help of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). The joy of God gives strength to worship and serve Him well (Neh.8:10). Therefore, whatever you do to God, do it with joy. Give your worship to Him everyday with joy (1 Chro.15:25; 29:7-9,17).

PRAYER POINTS
1. I prophesy that nothing can take away the joy of salvation I have.
2. Lord, give me sufficient capacity to develop joy in me to give you proper everyday.
3. Pray for the joy of God to reign in all Christian homes for them to be able to bring down the presence of God to their family.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 1:1 – 3:8; Matthew 1:1 – 1:22

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