More Joy – Psalm 4:7

“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Psalm 4:7

It’s so easy to get caught up in how you want your life to go. Whether you just can’t seem to reach the heights you’re searching for or they finally appear within reach, dreams can end up consuming you. That’s not to say dreams or hopes or goals are bad in and of themselves…I just know my tendency to fixate on them and allow them to rule my thoughts.

But I’m reminded here of how important it is to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart (Colossians 3:15). Because I believe that’s where this supreme joy is found. It isn’t in attaining all we want; it’s in resting in the perfect peace of our Lord. It’s in recognizing that He is holding us, guiding us, and faithfully filling us with all that He is. When we choose to keep our eyes fixed on Christ instead of setting our heart on specific details, we are able to maintain the perspective that our God is the only One who truly satisfies. He’s the One who fills our soul in perfect, abundant grace.

Even as we struggle to keep our eyes on Jesus, as we fight distraction from everything around us, we can come to Him as we are and ask for His help. Because coming to Him in the midst of that struggle is a lot better than not coming at all. To not come to Him, to not read God’s Word and open our heart to listen, to not pour out our heart to Him, is to cut off the most precious and vital communication of our life. Because He’s everything that matters. We don’t have to get everything right first. We come before the throne of grace and find perfect help for every need (Hebrews 4:16).

Our heavenly Father pours out blessings upon His children. He delights to give us good gifts. I pray that our faith would be strong enough to hold fast to Him even when we can’t see this, that we will trust Him to be faithful in those dark moments when we can’t see Him working for our good. And I pray that our faith would also be strong enough to hold fast to Him when we are surrounded by His blessings, that we won’t get caught up in the gifts and miss the Giver. Our Father pours out extravagant grace and abundant goodness, but it is all meant to point back to Him. He doesn’t want us to fix our eyes on the gifts, because they don’t bring lasting joy. Only He does. So whether things seem to be unraveling at our fingertips or fitting together more beautifully than we could have dreamed, it’s vital to set our hearts on Christ and intentionally let His peace rule in our heart. Because regardless of outside circumstances, it is our Savior who fills our soul, completes us, and brings us more joy than anything else.

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