Last night a few people from 2 churches gathered around the Musicians at their instruments at RED and sang in unity "The Lord has Given Us Freedom, Given Us Freedom, Given Us Joy"
As we sang that I felt an amazing Joy like a bubbly spring of water rising up. THe Joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10 says: "Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
In the story before getting to this verse, the people had asked the Prophet Ezra to read the Laws of Moses to them. They eagerly sat around the Prophet and Elders who helped them to understand the scriptures. As they heard the Words written in the Scrolls they wept with conviction and in worship they bowed down with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah then told them what we read in verse 10: "Do not be sad, instead rejoice for the JOY of the Lord is your strength."
I believe last night I saw, yet again, a beautiful picture of God's freedom. As we worship and HEAR the word of the Lord we are brought to humility and then the Lord fills us with Joy which strengthens us to continue the journey set before us.
May you continue to hunger after God's amazing presence and that your JOY may be full!! Worship Him and see the Glory of God.
While soaking on God's presence last year around this time, I began to write what I was feeling and this poem was formed:
There is a sound rising up in my heart coming forth from the east toward the west
bubbling up inside me like a river it circles and pools in my heart,
like a whirlpool it swirls and swirls.
I see white-water bubbling in it’s rage;
But it’s joy! It’s joy and freedom! Wild and free to flow!
Holding nothing back, I give it to you the waters of my heart, the flow within.
No one's going to hold me back any more.
No more fear, no more shame, no more accusations, no more lies, no more distractions,
no more confusion! Only peace, only joy. Let it rise God let it rise!
Nothing else matters in God’s presence, some get lost in fantasies to escape realities, I escape fantasies to get lost in His reality. God’s presence is more real than the real I see.
I can’t see Him but I breathe Him! Every breath brings life!
With every breath I take in, I close my eyes and I feel His face touch mine
Some day I will open my eyes and see Him there! -by BrisyO