Welcome to A Season of JOY!
This week we’ll unwrap one beautiful verse, Psalm 28:7, then I’ll give away three books to add a splash of joy to your holiday season. Let’s leap right in.
In just four lines King David shows us his experience on the battlefield, his dependence on God, his boundless joy, and his love for praise music.
Sing it, Dave:
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
As a lifelong alto, I’d love to hear the music David paired with these beautiful lyrics. Was it slow and majestic? Upbeat and dramatic? Since God’s Word urges us to ”Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19), we’ll trust Him for the notes as we fill our hearts with His words.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;… Psalm 28:7
His strength is unending and His shield is “impenetrable” (AMP), providing “safe cover” (NLV) and protecting us “from every danger” (TLB).
When we have no strength, He has abundant strength. And His shield isn’t one-sided, guarding us only from frontal attacks. It goes before us and behind us and flanks both sides. We never face any person, any situation, or any heartache on our own. God is with us and for us and all around us. Always.
…my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7
Trust is the core of every relationship. The person who turns to God “with unwavering confidence” (AMP), who “trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him” (AMPC) can count on God’s saving grace. At the perfect time and in the perfect way, “He sends His help” (VOICE) and we are “rescued” (NET).
Let’s say we go out to sea for a three-hour tour and get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. First we do our part—pray, send up flares, trust we’ll be found. But the miracle comes when God does His part—sending help.
My heart leaps for joy,… Psalm 28:7
Thank goodness this vital organ doesn’t actually take a flying leap, though it feels like that when “joy rises in my heart” (TLB). The Hebrew word alaz literally means “jump for joy,” the perfect description of what happens when “my heart exults” (ESV) and “greatly rejoices” (JUB).
It’s the overwhelming sensation we get when we’re reunited with a lost child or when the biopsy shows no sign of cancer or when a rescue helicopter starts circling the island. Thank you, Jesus.
…and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
First joy, then music. A natural, human response to a supernatural blessing from God. Overflowing with gratitude, we “burst out in songs of thanksgiving” (NLT). The Hebrew word yadah tells us how. It means “to throw or cast,” to give thanks “with extended hands.”
That urge to lift our hands in praise? It’s a prompting from God. Need a little help on that score? Richard Smallwood’s song Total Praise will get you there in a hurry.
Not a singer? No worries. God gave you the voice you have and believe me, it’s music to His ears. Can’t read sheet music? Make up the notes. Since we’re called to share “psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Colossians 3:16), any tune the Holy Spirit gives you will be glorious to God.
What matters is that we “sing to him in gratitude” (NET) so our “thankfulness rises as song” (VOICE). He’s listening to our hearts, not our vocal chords. When His joy becomes our joy, then our joy becomes His joy. Ten million hearts a-leaping!
Lord Jesus, we lift our hands in total praise to you right now, right where we are. Never mind what people think. All we care about is what You think. You’re our strength, our shield, our help in times of need, and our source of joy. You put a song in our hearts that we can’t wait to sing. All glory, honor, and praise to You, dear Jesus.
Kindly post a comment below, sharing something God has revealed to you in this week’s study.
Your grateful sister, Liz