For the past week, I have had a song on my heart that I just can’t let go. The song is “Center of My Joy!” (Richard Smallwood) If you have never heard the song, I recommend that you “Google” it or “Youtube” it. Every time I hear the song, I am reminded that no matter what I experience in this world, JESUS is the CENTER of my Joy. Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that the joy of the Lord is our Strength. But today, God wants us to meditate on another scripture that we so often forget about it:
Psalm 16:5-11 The Message Bible
My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice! You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir! The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed. You canceled my ticket to hell— that’s not my destination!
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way!
(New King James Version of Verse 11 says “You will show me the path of life, in your PRESENCE is FULLNESS OF JOY, at the right hand are pleasures forever.”)
Last Sunday, while visiting my mom for her birthday, I attended Springhill Missionary Baptist Church— the church I grew up in, where I received my foundation. It is the church where I learned the word of God and discovered more about Him. During worship my former pastor sang this song; I will admit this was the best worship experience that I have had in a long time. However, that evening while enjoying a happy and joy-filled time with my family, I had a visitor that turned my whole day upside down. Afterwards, I was upset and in tears. The visit only reminded me of all the horrible things this person said to me during our previous encounter. I couldn’t help but to think, the nerve of this person; I was so upset! But as I was lying in the bed that evening thinking about what happened, God reminded me that “HE is the CENTER of my joy!” And if I am NOT joyous, I need to get back to my CENTER! The song says… “When I’ve lost my direction, you’re the compass for my way!” So often we hear people say, “I got my joy back”. But your Joy never left, you did…
When will we realize, like David, that we “got a good thing going” with God? David reminds us not only that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy, but that just as we have chosen God, He has also chosen us. When we stick with GOD, he gives us everything that we need: Joy, peace, love, wisdom, and he placed us on the right path! I love the Message Bible because it allows us to read God’s word where we can fully understand. And David said, “I am happy from the inside out and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed. You canceled my ticket to hell, that’s not my destination.”
And after God has canceled our ticket to Hell, he placed our feet on the right path and gave us the FULLNESS of JOY! Therefore, I don’t know about you on today, but I am getting back to my CENTER! Like the song says, “ALL THAT’S GOOD AND PERFECT COMES FROM YOU!” Unfortunately, we have allowed so many people to DEPOSIT so much MESS in our lives, but God deposits nothing but GOOD things.
When I get my mind CENTERED on JESUS and not on MAN… the Joy that I have OVERFLOWS. In this season of my life, I refuse to allow people to “STEAL” my Joy. Actually, they don’t steal anything because we GIVE IT TO THEM! But in this season that I am going through, I am just going to “Count it ALL JOY!” and stay close to my CENTER. Why? BECAUSE I GOT A GOOD THING GOING AND I AM NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO!
I don’t care what you say about me… Jesus is the center of my Joy!
I don’t care what you do to me… Jesus is the center of my Joy!
I don’t care what you think of me… Jesus is the center of my Joy!
And as the older folks would say, “This JOY that I have the WORLD didn’t give it and the WORLD can’t take it AWAY!”
And if you choose God, He too will be the CENTER of your JOY!
So today remember that you have a GOOD THING GOING… let Jesus be the Center of your JOY!
God I come to you as humbly as I know how, asking for forgiveness of all sins. Forgive me for giving my joy away. Lord God, thank you for being my compass in this season of life. Thank you for being the CENTER of my JOY! Thank you for allowing me to know and understand that in you, I don’t have to be sad and miserable. Thank you for providing all things good and perfect! Without you God in our lives we wouldn’t be who we are today; thank you! Thank you for wisdom to choose you. But Most of all, God thank you for choosing us LONG before we realized how much we needed you in our lives. Thank you for being the heart of our contentment and the hope for ALL that we do! Like David, teach us how to be happy from the inside out and the outside in. Lord, we Love YOU! We adore you! There is NO one in this World LIKE you. And it is in Jesus’ name pray. Amen!
Back to the Center,