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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Going with Joy

When Solomon finished making these prayers and petitions to the LORD, he stood up in front of the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands raised toward heaven. He stood and in a loud voice blessed the entire congregation of Israel: (1 Kings 8:54-55 NLT)

Sometimes when I think about my walk together with God, there is complete peace.  I’m not thinking about the things God called me to do that I don’t have done yet.  I’m not thinking about how God is going to provide what we need when we need it.  I’m not feeling guilty, pressured, worried, or afraid.  I’m just enjoying the presence of God…and it is good.

"Praise the LORD who has given rest to His people Israel, just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He gave through His servant Moses. May the LORD our God be with us as He was with our ancestors; may He never leave us or abandon us. May He give us the desire to do His will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that He gave our ancestors. And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the LORD be before Him constantly, day and night, so that the LORD our God may give justice to me and to His people Israel, according to each day's needs. Then people all over the earth will know that the LORD alone is God and there is no other. And may you be completely faithful to the LORD our God. May you always obey His decrees and commands, just as you are doing today." (1 Kings 8:56-61 NLT)

The Israelites understood that feeling.  They had just spent seven years building a Temple to honor God, and The LORD was pleased.  They felt it.  They knew it.  They were walking together with God.  This brought them great joy – a joy that went with them wherever they went.

After the festival was over, Solomon sent the people home. They blessed the king and went to their homes joyful and glad because the LORD had been good to His servant David and to His people Israel. (1 Kings 8:66 NLT)

How about you?  Have you ever just known that you were walking together with God?  Did it give you joy and peace?  Do you feel that now?  Will you go everywhere today with joy?