Issue #595 ~ January 20, 2020

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A Glad Heart
"Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,"
Psalm 16:9

"because you will not abandon me to the grave, or will you let your Holy One see decay."
Psalm 16:20

Verse 9: "Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,"

There is a 3-fold result from what we read last week in verses 7 and 8: (1)"my heart is glad"; (2) "my tongue rejoices"; and (3) "my body...will rest secure."

He not only says "my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices," he also says "my body...will rest secure."

Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and My load is light" (NASB).

Isaiah 26:3, 4: "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal" (NIV).

The blessedness of divine union is rest.

Isaiah 32:17: "The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever" (NIV).

It is because of the attributes of God that these 3 things are true here in verse 9: (1) God is a God who is omnipresent - He is always there for us; (2) God is a God who is omnipotent - He is all the power necessary to accomplish His purposes; and (3) He is omniscient - He knows everything. I have added another: (4) He is omniholy - He is perfectly holy.

It is the supreme desire of His heart that His children take on a family likeness.

Brother Lawrence said: "I know not how God will dispose of me. I am always happy. All the world suffers; and I, who deserve the severest discipline, feel joys so continual and so great that I can scarce contain them." (Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, The Practice of the Presence of God )

A. W. Tozer said: "The Christian owes it to the world to be supernaturally joyful."

Jeremiah Burroughs said: "I offer the following description: Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition." ( The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, 19)
Verse 10: "because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay."

Our tenth verse begins with the word "because," stating the reason why: "my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure."

"Because you": (1) "will not abandon me to the grave" and (2) "nor will you let your Holy One see decay."

I am thinking this morning of Job 19:25-27: "I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart years within me!" (NIV)

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.
1 Chronicles 16:10, 11 (NASB)

2.   Pray:  But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11 (NIV)

3.   Praise:  Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes" says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them." Revelation 14:23, 13 (NASB)

4.   Praise:   Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (NASB)

5.  Pray: Pray for God's direction for the BTR Board of Directors at the next Board Meeting. Next meeting: February 23rd.

6.   Pray:  For God to continue to supply the funds necessary to respond to the requests for Bibles from prison inmates. The need is great.

To conclude our meditation this morning, it seems appropriate that we sing that wonderful hymn "Sweet By-and-By":
There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way,
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blest,
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

To our bountiful Father above
We will offer our tribute of praise,
For the glorious gift of His love
and the blessings that hollow our days.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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