Prayer for the day
I will call upon the LORD, and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
Scripture for the day
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Paul finishes a long section of the letter to the Romans with this short benediction (a good word!). The preceding verses and chapters have outlined for the Roman Christians how they ought to treat one another, not as annoyances, not as burdens to be borne, but as blessings to be rejoiced over. Paul makes it clear that caring for the spiritual well-being of fellow Christians is paramount in the life Christ gives to his followers.
Treating one another this way, ensuring that Christ gets all the glory and that our actions are in line with his actions on earth, means that we get filled not with a joy that is self-generated, nor that is fleeting or externally motivated; we get filled with the joy that comes from trusting that God’s pleasure is better than our own, and that God’s pleasure will actually increase our own. As we experience the joy that comes from following Christ, we’re filled with the hope that comes from the power of the Holy Spirit. We’re filled with hope. We’re filled with joy.
The Psalmist knows this hope and this joy. He has seen the good works of God, the deliverance that God gives. He has seen these works, and since he’s seen these works, he is filled with joy.
His response is worship, praise, glory! He responds to the goodness of God and he is filled with the joy and hope of God, and praises and worships God.
Have you been filled? Have you seen joy and hope? If so, have you worshipped? Have you praised?