There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy.
Psalms 43:4 (NLT)
Joy is the great equalizer. It is what our soul strives for, that spiritual homeostasis that keeps life in balance. But joy isn’t something we can conjure up by ourselves. Deep, rich joy comes from a loving relationship with God. When we find ourselves out of sorts, when our emotions seem to be at the edge, it is our relationship with God that bring us back to joy. The Psalmist knew where his joy came from. That is why he wrote that he went to the altar of God, and through praise, worship, and prayers, he found the source of all his joy. Jesus knew this too. When people came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” He replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” Jesus said that because it was the right moral choice, but I believe He also knew that it was the best solution to all that bothers us as human beings. He knew that our heart, mind, and soul is the true altar of God. Knowing God with our heart, mind, and soul is our true source of joy.
Dear Father, how I long to know You in deep and personal ways. Help me worship You at the altar of my heart, mind, and soul, for You are the source of all my joy.
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