June 13, 2021

Happy and Sad

I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:6
The Bible is a book of books—39 books in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament, to be exact. These books can be classified into different kinds of books, such as the Torah, the Prophets, the Gospels and the Epistles. From this we can already see that different people wrote about many different situations from different viewpoints. 

Within most books, a variety of emotions are expressed. Take two books, the Book of Psalms and the Gospel according to Luke, for example. In both of these books, we find joy, we find questions, we find accusations, we find sorrow. This is true of many books, but these two books—one from each testament—are particularly eloquent in their use of language and representation of human emotion.

But in every circumstance, happy or sad, hopeful or discouraging, we find the presence of God. There is singing and dancing in times of joy. There are tears and lamentations in times of sadness. But there is always God.

The point here is that there is no circumstance in which we cannot turn to God, for there is no time when God is absent from our lives. That's why James wrote:

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.
 5:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
No matter my circumstance, O God, help me to discover where you are in my life and to share my heart with you.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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