You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Until you find the path that God has set for you, you will have a longing to be complete. The only thing that can fill the emptiness is God. When you are in his presence you will feel a sense of wholeness and when you are on the path that leads to God, no matter what is going on around you, you are able to feel joy. How wonderful to be on the path that was laid out for you by God himself, not only in this life but for all eternity.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
We all have needed or will need comfort and compassion at some point or another. The world attempts to keep you content but the only place to find real comfort and compassion is in the Lord. Pour out your heart in prayer and the Lord will give you the comfort and compassion you long for.
Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
When you feel weak, afraid, or discouraged turn to God. He heals the brokenness and brings peace and joy. You don’t have do it alone, he’ll will be with you every step of the way. Trust in God and he’ll get you through it.
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
You can choose to be worried and troubled or you can choose to trust God and be happy. The way to a happy heart begins in giving thanks to God in every situation. You can always find something to be thankful for even if you have to look a little harder. Be grateful for the little things that God can use to fill your heart with joy.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
This law expects that you love yourself, as we all should. Many of us struggle with loving and taking care of ourselves. We put everyone else first but the truth is we have to take care of ourselves first. We can’t love anyone else if we don’t take care of our own health, mind, body, and spirit. Remember to take care of yourself, you can’t pour out blessings from an empty cup.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
In this world money comes and money goes and worldly enjoyment lasts only for a moment. To be truly rich in life do good deeds and cheerfully share what you have with those in need. Build your treasure in heaven by doing the work of the Lord. Visit the sick, feed the hungry, and help others to know God, these are things that make life worth living.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Without hope we feel helpless, alone, and powerless. But our God is the source of all hope. Hope for healing, hope for peace, hope for joy. All hope comes from knowing, believing, and trusting God and by his grace he has given us the gift of hope.