3. Precepts of Joy

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The Lord’s instructions lead to joy because they are right. Contrast that with this proverb: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25). Don’t lose sight of our context; the aim of this instruction is the restoration of our relationship with God and with each other. It is easy to see how joy results from repairing broken relationships. We were made for them. There, true fulfillment is found.

1 Chronicles 16:26-33 Reiterates that the LORD is the creator of the universe, and goes on to say that where He lives are strength and joy. Now I want you to compare that passage with three other passages about the place where the LORD lives.

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

When Jesus was gathered in the upper room to celebrate the Passover with the disciples before His crucifixion (John 14), He delivered a message that tells us that He is sending us the Spirit of God to actually live inside us. Further, He makes it clear that this new “indwelling” will make it possible to experience those restored relationships with God and with others in a way not seen since the beginning. This goes so far that Jesus can actually say: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” Can you think of a more succinct definition of unity?

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  (Ephesians 5:18)   Here, Paul is telling us that it is the normal experience for followers of Jesus to be “filled” with the Spirit of God.

Let me close this up –

  • Where the LORD lives, there is strength and joy.
  • The intended state of the Christian is to have God IN us, restoring our fellowship with Him.
  • The things the world turns to for respite are just a waste, they don’t “fill us up” like a proper relationship with God.

See it now? Then, the commands of the LORD are giving light to YOUR eyes!

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