Gladness of heart is such a wonderful and awesome blessing, that whenever we possess such a treasure, nothing can wipe the smile off our face!
King David must have had a smile on his face often, because the Psalms are full of his declarations of gladness and rejoicing.
I especially like the declaration of gladness in Psalms 16, where King David plainly gives the reason for his gladness:
I have set Yahuwah [the LORD] always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (Psalms 16:8-9)
As these verses show us, the reason for King David’s gladness was because he had set Yahuwah before him. That is why he could say, “Therefore my heart is glad!“
When we set Yahuwah Elohim before us, we are seeking Him in the Scriptures, looking unto Him for guidance. When we are seeking Him, we then come to know His many promises — promises of mercy, protection, and lovingkindness for those who honour Him, fear Him, and trust in Him. It is no wonder that gladness of heart is the result!
A Great Example of Repentance
King David was a man just like any of us, having moments of triumphs and moments of defeat. But his willingness to be up-front, and to acknowledge all of his varying emotions, trials, and problems, make him easy to relate to.
What I like about David is that even though he had his moments of weakness and defeat, David always returned to following after Yahuwah. This encourages me! David set Yahuwah before him, seeking Father’s guidance. Therefore he experienced many moments of gladness of heart.
Yes, it is true that David failed miserably in the matter of Uriah. But are we any different? All of us have failed! The important thing is that David genuinely repented, he acknowledged his sin, and then he returned to following Yahuwah with all his heart. (See Psalms 51 & 32.) What a great example of repentance!
David’s sincere repentance is a very special quality that Father earnestly seeks to find within His children. Father tells us that He will regard with favour the one who is humble and contrite [sorrowful] in spirit, and trembles at Yahuwah’s Word (Isaiah 66:2).
After David’s repentance, he returned to setting Yahuwah before him. David continued his habit of coming before the heavenly Father, bringing his thoughts and intentions before Father. David returned to earnestly seeking to walk according to God’s ways, trying to fulfill Father’s direction for him.
From a very early age, King David had the habit of seeking Yahuwah. The Scriptures reveal that many times, “David inquired of Yahuwah [the LORD]” (1Samuel 23:2-4;30:8; 2Samuel 2:1; 5:19-23; 2Samuel 21:1). This habit helped him to repent and return to following Yahuwah. He knew Father’s lovingkindness from experience. That is why he could confidently say, “I have set Yahuwah always before me.”
When we inquire of Yahuwah, we are setting Father before us! We seek Him by keeping Him at our ‘right hand.’
If Father is at our ‘right hand,’ then we will be seeking Him in the Scriptures, seeking to know His Words. We will seek to listen for His guidance, and try to obey His Word and follow the impressions He gives us. If Father is always before us, at our right hand, then we will want to keep His counsel and instruction near us, in our thoughts, our heart, our focus, and in our actions.
Good Things For Those Who Trust Him
When we know Yahuwah and obey His Word, then we will know that He has good things in store for us as we try to follow Him, trusting Him to help us fulfill the works He has for us!
If we know that Yahuwah wants to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is earnestly seeking to follow Him, then we can be confident that Father will help us and guide us as we set out in faith to carry out His directions for us (2Chronicles 16:9a).
If we know that we have fellowship with Him through our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], then we will not be alone in our walk of faith (Matthew 28:20; 1John 1:3).
All these things result in a ‘therefore’ — therefore, our heart is glad! (Psalms 31:19)
How could we not be glad when the God of the universe loves us and is on our side?!?
This is cause for rejoicing and gladness — to have Yahuwah Elohim, the mighty One of Israel, giving us His salvation, His forgiveness, His guidance, and all the treasures of His wisdom and knowledge!
What joy it is, that when we are in distress or in trouble, if we will call on Him with a sincere heart, He comes to our rescue and defense! But we must be patient! Sometimes a rescue requires us to wait! But when we trust in His mercy and compassion to help us, knowing that He wants to answer our prayers, then patience is easy, and gladness of heart comes to us!
Reasons For Joy
If we set Yahuwah always before us, seeking to be near Him, keeping Him at our ‘right hand,’ then over and over, we will find reasons for joy and rejoicing:
- because Yahuwah defends those who put their trust in Him (Psalms 5:11)
- because He encompasses us as a shield of protection (Psalms 5:11-12)
- because He hears the voice of our supplications. (Psalms 28:6; 116:1-2)
- because His lovingkindness is better than life (Psalms 63:3)
- because He is merciful and ready to forgive (Psalms 86:5)
- because He brings us out of our distresses (Psalms 107)
- because He is our help and our support (Psalms 63:7; 3:5)
- because He answers our prayers (Psalms 118:5; 40:1-3)
- because He gives us hope through the power and love of the Holy Spirit indwelling us (Romans 15:13)
These are just a few of the bazillion reasons we can find for being joyful in Yahuwah!!
And when we are joyful in Yahuwah, then this is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The joy of Yahuwah is a deep, abiding joy that remains constant, regardless of the turmoil and uncertainty that may surround us.
Just thinking about Father’s great love and goodness toward His people makes me smile with happiness, again and again!
So let’s remember, Thirsty Souls, this is a key to gladness: to set Yahuwah before us, always! — to keep Him in our thoughts and plans, keeping Him at our ‘right hand,’ ready to do what is pleasing in His sight! (1John 3:22)
When we do this, we will be able to say — therefore my heart is glad!
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