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June 15

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”
Genesis 21:6

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

For the elderly Sarah to be honored with a son was far beyond the power of nature and quite contrary to its laws. In the same way, it is beyond all the laws of nature that I, a poor, helpless, and doomed sinner, should be given the gracious gift of the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus in my soul. I once was in despair, and for good reason, for my old nature was as dry, withered, barren, and cursed as the windswept wilderness. Yet even I have been made to produce the fruit of holiness.

May my mouth be filled with joyous laughter because of the extraordinary, surprising grace I have received from the Lord, for I have been found by Jesus, the promised seed, and He is mine forever. Today I will lift up psalms of triumph to the Lord “who remembered [me] in [my] low estate” (Ps. 136:23), for “my heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance” (1 Sam. 2:1).

I desire that all those who hear of my great deliverance from hell and my blessed salvation, which have “come to [me] from heaven” (Luke 1:78), would laugh for joy with me. I would love to surprise my family with my overwhelming peace, delight my friends with my ever-increasing happiness, and edify God’s church with my grateful confessions of praise. I would even love to impress the unbelieving world with the cheerfulness of my daily conversation.

In The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), we are told the maiden Mercy laughed in her sleep, and no wonder, for she dreamed of Jesus. And my joy will be no less than hers as long as my beloved Savior is the theme of my daily thoughts. The Lord Jesus is a deep sea of joy, and it is into that Sea my soul will dive and be swallowed up in the delights of His fellowship.

Just as Sarah gazed lovingly at her son Isaac and laughed with rapturous joy with all her friends, you, my soul, look upon your Jesus and call heaven and earth to unite with you in your “inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8)!

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

Our Lord has given us all we need in Jesus, and one of His greatest gifts is deep abiding joy, even during the most difficult of times. Perhaps that is why we are told: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). And once our trial has ended, that joy should increase even more. This brings to mind the “inexpressible and glorious joy” of the Israelites as they returned to Jerusalem from captivity. The following is “a song of ascent,” sung by them as they ascended the mountains around Jerusalem and climbed the steps of the temple itself.

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Psalm 126

Father, may Your joy be truly evident in me and may it overflow to others.

Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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