This is a short blog today. In fact, it’s been awhile since I blogged, for reasons that don’t really matter.
A few months back, maybe even a year ago, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me through a word in the Word, about gladness, about being glad. The particular verse He used was in the Psalms. It spoke of God making us glad. Now, I KNEW that! I had read that scripture too many times to count.
I asked Him to make me glad again because my gladness had left. My joy was gone. My circumstance, the death of my husband and best friend, had plummeted me into the abyss of grief and mourning. Gladness, joy, happiness weren’t in my vocabulary. It is understandable how such a life-changing, heartbreaking event can rob us if the happiness we once had. Grief is a peculiar thing. But this blog isn’t about grief.
Reading in the Psalms this morning in the order I read them, I saw a theme in Psalm 40:16, Psalm 70:4, and even in Psalm 100. Psalm 40:16 says, “Let all who SEEK You REJOICE and be GLAD in You; Let those who LOVE Your salvation say CONTINUALLY,The Lord be MAGNIFIED.” The other two Psalms (as do many more) say the same.
As I’m meditated on this scripture, I am impressed with a few things. Gladness and happiness, joy, comes from one place, and that is, seeking. Joy and gladness only come from a choice to seek the Lord. I looked up the Hebrew for gladness. It means EXCEEDING gladness; mirth, gaiety, joy of God. It’s also praising and magnifying the Father for Who He is. He is God. He is the great I Am.
I can trust Him. He is Sovereign and allows nothing to come into my life that isn’t to fulfill His purpose in me. When I choose (don’t you love and sometimes hate that word?) to recognize Him and love Him, to magnify Him, and be GLAD in Him, I find my perspective changes. It’s off of me and onto Him. Even tragic circumstances are viewed differently.
So, when I ask for gladness, I must choose to be glad in the One Who is, Who was, and is to come. Do I still grieve the loss of my husband? Absolutely! Do I have hard days? You bet. I’ve realized that I must let God make me glad as I am choosing to be glad in my heart, all because of Him.
It’s about focus, choice, attitude, and praise. It’s all about Him.
I guess this wasn’t so short after all!!