This passage reminded me again that joy of the Lord is my strength. (Neh. 8:10) It also made me ask where is my joy? Is it hidden in the busyness of everyday living? Is my lack of thanksgiving holding it back? Do I take the time to celebrate with joy what God has done? Am I so focused on the world that I fail to see the joy in God's creation and the work he is doing around me?
May my family and friends see the joy of the Lord in me. Joy can't be forced or manufactured. Joy can only come from a heart that is thankful before God and submitted to what He has for me. May I have that heart today.
Dear God of all creation, Today I give you praise for all you do each and everyday. I give you my burdens. I give you my cares. May your joy be my strength today. I also pray for this land that your joy will come in and change the hearts of the people here through the power of Jesus blood shed on the cross. I pray that one day the sound of true rejoicing will ring forth from this land and bring glory to your name. In Jesus your son's name, Amen