Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thing Joy

This year, I'm sharing my "Treasures" of my study of my "Ponder the Morsels" book. I've picked 31 Psalms to study throughout 2013. Today I studied Psalm 27. Here is what I learned.

I truly believe I will see the Lord’s goodness ·during my life [in the land of the living]. Psalm 27:13 (EXB)

Believe: assurance, believe, bring up, establish, steadfast, be firm or faithful, to trust to be permanent or quiet.
See: advise self, appear, approve, behold, consider, discern, have experience, gaze, take heed, perceive.
Lord: deity Yahweh.
Goodness: good things of/as given by God, thing joy, beauty, gladness, welfare.
Land: country, earth, field, world nations.
Living: age, alive, appetite, wild beast, company, congregation, lifetime, lively.

Thing Joy
by Rhonda Sawtelle

As I look around what do I see?
Sadness, despair, pain, and calamity.
As I look up what do I see?
Happiness, hope, comfort and prosperity.

Perception changes seeing as God’s sees.
And trusting that God has perfect strategies,
To accomplish His will through me and teach me,
In the midst of pain will come amazing beauty.

As I look around what do I see?
God is at work—and working mightily.
God’s ‘Thing Joy’ is surrounding me—
As through His eyes the world I perceive.

“Thing Joy”—goodness beyond reality.
Given by God, it can be an actuality.
“Thing Joy” produces life full of vitality.
Sadness or joy—the choice is up to me.

As I look around what do I see?

The choice is mine, to see God’s goodness and  hope and see Him accomplishing His plan, or see the world through my eyes without hope. To create a positive day, I have to see as God sees and understand that God provides “Thing Joy”—even in a world that seems to be full of despair.

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