The word glad in Scripture carries with it the idea of happiness and joyfulness, pleasure and freedom. God’s Word, however, reveals the only source of gladness: the Lord. The Psalmist wrote, “For You make me glad by Your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”
This source for our gladness does not come from anything we have done or accomplished or any ladder of success that we might have climbed. It does not come from the wealth that we may have accumulated or records we have set. It does not come from any amount of power we have because of our position. The gladness that the Psalmist writes about comes from what God has done for us.
Another Psalmist wrote, “But may all who search for You be filled with joy and gladness. May those who love Your salvation repeatedly shout, ‘The Lord is great.’” And another Psalmist said, “Let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence.”
We often set “goals” for ourselves that we think will bring a sense of well-being and fulfillment to us - the “if only” statements we make: “If only I can get a promotion I will be satisfied,” or “If only we had a larger home our family would be happy,” or “If only...If only...” and the list goes on.
But the “glad” that comes from God that can fill our hearts and lives comes as a result of what He has done and will do for us: He made possible our salvation through Jesus Christ, His Son, and our Savior. Because of Him we can be glad and sing for joy, knowing that “all things are working together” for our good and His glory.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for filling our hearts with gladness because of Your goodness, love, and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: For You make me glad by Your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. Psalm 92:4
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