Joy is a sign of Strength!
I love music. Good music. It gets me where I need to go…and in this house I need to go go.
I married a drummer turned guitarist. We have a room devoted to instruments.
So after the first time I have ever heard good music come out of the little church we visit…I went up to the twenty something girl with the guitar….
and then in a prepared tone,
“Oh it’s not me….”she said looking down with a canned smile.
I remarked, “I know I know…”
wistfully I gave her another chance,
“yes but I have waited so long for good music…”
She shook her head and looked down
as she knew she was supposed to
“I just play”…
the way she had seen others respond….
There was no strength…no joy.
No joy of the Lord was her strength… all false humility about “me” and “I”… no glory given…just trained false humility.
You know the routine… you have been taught….it’s not her fault…we all trained her to take no joy.
To have no strength in the Lord.
To take only weakness and claim “Me” and “I” in a pseudo humility that gives no glory but only talks about ourselves.
This tide needs to change again… We need to rejoice!
We need the joy of the Lord to be our strength.
Because when we go the way of false humility we shut others down from the joy of the Lord
we turn the conversation to us….
and instead rejoicing in the fact that we are being used…
we are co-creating… we have relationship
I am amazed that God has so much to do and yet He takes time
to hang out
The Joy of the Lord IS my strength and I am Dang proud of it!