March 31, 2008, 5:52 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

Drill Sergeant

Listening to John Piper recently, I was struck with what he was sharing. He reminded me that I am commanded to find my joy in God. Let’s get something straight. Most everyone hates to be told what or what not to do. Many would do the exact opposite when commanded to do something, just to spite the commander. We picture an insecure and domineering spirit who wants to subject us to their influence and power unjustly, simply because they can; much like the drill sergeant pictured above to new recruits.

But is God relating to us like that? How do we know how he relates to us? Let’s turn to what John Piper found in the Bible, God’s Word to us to find the answer.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 33:1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

“It’s commanded because what is at stake is not just our joy but the glory of God, the honor and reputation of God. If we do not rejoice in God – if God is not our treasure and our delight and our satisfaction, then he is dishonored. His glory is belittled. His reputation is tarnished. Therefore God commands our joy both for our good and for his glory.”

-John Piper

Do you find your joy in the Lord today? In the salvation that is wholly from Him, not based on what you have done, can, or ever will do? If not, remember that God, in His mercy and knowledge as our creator, knows that we will only be satisfied when we delight in Him, He commands us to rejoice in Him and in the gospel of Christ.

So, if you are a sinner that has been saved from what you deserve, if you have been covered with the righteousness of Christ based on grace and not on works, REJOICE IN GOD! HOW GOOD HE IS TO COMMAND US TO REJOICE IN HIM! HE IS WORTHY!


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This blog was really encouraging and it reminded of where true joy is found. I sometimes forget to find joy in God alone and find joy in things like clothing or electronics( like my Ipod).God keeps showing me time and time again that worldly things only bring a false assurance of joy and that true everlasting joy is only found only through God!

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