Joy is a Verb
Devotional by Dr. Andrea Hazim
Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and JOY are in His dwelling place. 1 Chronicles 16:27
Have you ever noticed the “IF – THEN” statements in God’s Word? It’s as if the Holy Spirit is saying, “Take note!” IF JOY is in His dwelling place, THEN how do we get there? IF we draw near to Him, then the Father will lay His hand upon us, welcoming us into His presence. I can’t think of a better place to be!
Your arm is endowed with power; Your hand is strong, Your right hand exalted. Psalm 89:13
Can you picture Esther, when the King’s scepter is extended in favor of her approaching the King (also her husband)? Our Heavenly King’s arm and hand are truly our source for everything. Esther found favor and experienced JOY as a result of her actions. When we choose to go before the King, which takes a certain humility and courage, JOY is demonstrated as a verb.
Like Esther, IF you will actively align yourself with the King’s presence, THEN you will experience the Father’s touch. He desires to reach into this earthly dimension to fortify your spirit, which transforms your heart, mind, and even your body! Have you ever experienced God like that? Would you like to?
His loving touch reprograms our mental DNA. Eventually, like we know our own names, we understand that we are not really human beings at all, but Kingdom beings; citizens of God’s Kingdom, who have tremendous potential to fulfill our purpose to bring glory to His name by the lives we live.
Esther experienced the JOY of God’s presence through embracing difficult circumstances. Oswald Chambers calls this the “delight of despair.” Catherine Marshall’s book, Something More, teaches about “the Sacrifice of Praise.” Oftentimes, I coach myself with the phrase “acceptance with JOY.” These words bring me before the King, where I can cast my cares at His feet. Like a potent balm of peace, JOY flows in and I find freedom. There is nothing more powerful than experiencing God’s mighty hand lifting our heads, empowering us to take our eyes off of our “human experience.” In His presence we are able to walk with Him in the garden, far above the earthly circumstances in which we may find ourselves. What JOY it is to gain His heavenly perspective, and then to actively apply it, like a verb, to every area of our lives!
Father, thank you for using my earthly experiences to draw me into Your presence. I pray Your Holy Spirit will immediately prompt me to offer You the sacrifice of praise; surrendering my human mind and thanking You instead! Forgive my unbelief, my doubt of Your timing, for questioning Your ways, and for passively sitting on the sidelines of my life. Thank You for my trials. I want the JOY of Your presence as I seek and trust You. There is nothing I desire more than being in alignment with You, to wholeheartedly enjoy the JOY of Your Kingdom life here on earth. Amen.