Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Having read something along the lines of rejoicing hearts in a recent quiet time I scribbled it down on my list of concepts to pursue at some point. I say recent – but these terms are relative! Where did I read it and what was it that earned it a place on my scribbled list?

In terms of where in the bible I read it I have three options:

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
1 Chronicles 16:10

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Psalm 33:21
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Psalm 105:3
In terms of why I scribbled it? Well two main lines of thought seem to have lodged in my mind:

1. Am I known as someone whose heart rejoices in the Lord?
More often than not recently my children take one look at me and ask me what is wrong! A friend asked me how I was and as I paused to consider continued: “That bad eh?”

2. How can I nurture a rejoicing heart and be more influenced by it?
A quick reflection and web search suggested to me that in popular thought the heart tends to be either lauded as the only true guide to follow if you want to be happy; or villainised as the enemy of logical, objective thought. But doesn’t a biblical view of the heart remove this false dichotomy and challenge both these concepts? And if so what will it look like to live a life governed by a rescued heart rejoicing always in the Lord?    

But for now let’s just sink into the following exhortations, infusing our hearts with scripture:

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
1 Chronicles 16:10

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Psalm 33:21
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Psalm 105:3
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2 thoughts on “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

  1. `Rejoicing in the Lord` and `looking happy` aren`t necesarily bed partners. One can be rejoicing in the Lord and not look happy. Happiness is a more superficial feeling and can change due to outside circumstances. Rejoicing in the Lord doesn`t change.

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    1. Hi Cas,

      Just in the middle of a post which takes some of this up. I totally agree that we are not meant to be happy all the time. I do think, however, that as our joy in the Lord grows and we dwell on it more that will be signs of it in our countenance, our demeanour alongside whatever our temporal emotions are doing.

      Hope your trip was good.

      On 17 November 2017 at 15:32, Supper's NOT in the slow cooker wrote:

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