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
Three books you might consider for gift giving: A Wreath of Snow, The Women of Christmas, and my new Parable Treasury for children.
Thanks for your words of encouragement. I needed to be reminded that he is my protector in all situations.
Thank you for the words of encouragement. You spoke at a women’s conference that I attended this weekend in Owensboro and you may never know how much strength I gained from listening to your funny stories. During this dark period, this reading reminds me that I am never alone because God is with me and He is my light in the darkness. Thank you, Liz, and God bless.
My Father revealed to me that His will and His love for me are perfect. All I need do is wait patiently. He hears my prayers, He sees my heart. I am His!
There is nothing like Jesus’ Joy. Our heart becomes His heart our emotions are given flight through His purity our hearts can sing from His deliverance. Love this!
Oh the heart surgery he has done on me! Before I knew Him my happiness was so fleeting and easily taken! His joy is there even when everything looks bleak, because I know He’s got whatever comes my way! Love you!
I love how David is always quick to praise. As a man who saw God’s power over and over through his many trials he leaves an important lesson for us to be quick to praise. Thank you as well for your obedience in sharing that reminder.
I’m bursting with joy because He is my strength and protector!
Thanks again for encouraging us in the Lord. It’s good to be reminded that the joy of the Lord is our strength. The joy we find in this world and in others in only for a short time but the joy we find in the Lord is forever!
Blessings to you and yours! May your encouraging walk continue to grow and flourish as the trees of Lebanon.
Gratitude is the offspring of Trusting in the One who was sent.
Thank you for sharing and leaping!!! God reminded me today that He is my strength! He is my joy! I helped a friend move today. It was so sad because two friends no longer see eye to eye. I can’t repair their friendship but I can pray to a Father that loves so! My heart sings and lifts praises to the One that strengthens me!
Absolutely joyful!!!!! Haydn said: “When I think of God, my heart leaps for joy – and I hope my music does, too”.
I absolutely LOVE music, so the Psalms are some of my favorite verses in the Bible. I think of how they may have worshipped during Biblical times, and especially about David who sang, danced and played instruments before the Lord. Growing up I was in a church that was very conservative, no music except the piano…today I am excited to be part of a church with all kinds of musical instruments and voices! It warms my heart to be part of God’s choir. My praise to Him blesses me!
As I learn more about God’s character, I am learning to get closer to the idea of having unwavering confidence in Him. He DOES have HIS best for me. He is not a God out to get me for my sin. He has rescued me from my sin. In these things, I rejoice!
I love to sing praises to my Lord & Savior. When im having a difficult time & have a hard time putting words in prayer, I can sing to Him. He knows my heart!
In reading today’s Ten Million Hearts A-Leaping, it occurred to me that God truly does rejoice with me over all things – not just big ones. Yes He celebrates the big moments in my life, but He also celebrates the small victories that I win daily. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and God’s love.
These last few weeks God has been teaching me to have joy.
No matter what I am doing. As I find the joy my heart leaps in knowing that this has been a gift from Him. Thank you Liz for you Bible studies. They have been very encouraging.
I’m currently in a season of feeling very tossed, out of control and moving at full speed when my heart wants to be in park. I have been reminded a LOT recently and again in this post that He is my strength and my trust is in HIM. It is literally an act of my will to surrender my futile attempts to fix everything and just be still and purposely give thanks and trust that He knows the plans He has for me and that ultimately ALL things will work together for my good. Thanks for confirming this word in my heart!!
“He’s listening to our hearts, not our vocal chords”…Ouch, this one hit home for me. “Ten million hearts a leaping!” 🙂
Thank you for tha picture of uplifted hands in song and being protected with the sheild from all sides. I had not thought about that before. I love that even though I have memorized this verse God can still reveal something new. Thank you Liz
Joy comes each morning!!!!!!!!
Liz, in my studies this week God has revealed much to me. We have been struggling financially due to having a grandson in college(we’ve raised him since birth) and I had prayed to God to show me how not to be bitter towards family members who had more than enough and didn’t seem to care about our plight. He spoke to me without question and my heart was at peace after my study it was like night and day. We do worship an AWESOME GOD!!
Because of Jesus,
your friend/sister Rita
Thanks so much for a reminder, that the “JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH”
My heart is so heavily burdened right now, I have two family members, who are transitioning to their heavenly home from cancer. These are things that we don’t want to happen, but, have to accept. I know that I serve a God of miracles & hope! My Hope , under Grace is guaranteed by Jesus Christ!
I too love the thought of David singing and playing his harp. I enjoy
beginning my day by singing to myself, “This Is The Day The Lord Hath
Made”. Thank you for the good insights to singing and praising our Lord.
I love nothing more than singing of God’s glorious love. Thank you for reminding me that He hears, cares and loves me even if my singing isn’t so great!
Ten Million Hearts a-Leaping is my protection with God’s shield of protection. What a wonderful life we live in to have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I treasure each and every day and praise him with open arms.
“Who you are is God’s gift to you….Who you become is your gift to God” (Dave Stone)
Love your stories Liz!!
Dear Lizzie, Thank you for reminding me that God’s shield is not only in front of me, but on all sides! I am one of those who love to sing, but others often ask me to not do it so boisterously! I just smile and say, “God just said make a JOYFUL noise, and that is exactly what I am doing!”
When you just talked of the Holy Spirit giving us songs- that made me smile and remember all the times I wake up or fall asleep with a song in my head and I think “Now how did that get there?!” I wish I could remember specefically what songs they were (something from Air1 no doubt as it’s always on in my truck?) but I dont need to remember now. I need to remember in those moments its a gift the Holy Spirit has given my heart and let it leap for joy at His love and grace! Thank you Liz for reminding me- its no accident!
Just what I needed! Days of turmoil had started to wear me down and your weekly study got my attention. Let it go..let it go and let God take over! I am so thankful God comes to where we are, how we are and gently covers us with his love and mercy!!
When you just talked of the Holy Spirit giving us songs- that made me smile and remember all the times I wake up or fall asleep with a song in my head and I think “Now how did that get there?!” I wish I could remember specifically what songs they were (something from Air1 no doubt as it’s always on in my truck?) but I dont need to remember now. I need to remember in those moments its a gift the Holy Spirit has given my heart and let it leap for joy at His love and grace! Thank you Liz for reminding me- its no accident!
The Lord your God in your midst, The mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
I believe God is involved in & cares about my daily life. He made me & loves me. What other joy is there?
I so often have no problem lifting my problems and my petitions to the Lord, but I am selfish with my triumphs and joy. God wants me to share in my joy. And also I need to focus on looking for joy instead of dwelling on shortcomings and problems.
This week’s lesson reminded me, yet again, that we should always remember to praise God for all the good things that come our way.
This really spoke to me. I volunteered to be in our church choir for our Christmas cantata to help fill it out. I can carry a tune ok, but definitely not what I would call a “singer.” But you know what, that’s ok. God loves me anyway and I’m going to have fun doing it. 🙂 Love your emails, Liz.
I never realized before that His shield is not one-sided, as I picture a shield to be. I learned today that not only is His shield “impenetrable” but it covers us before, behind, and on either side. How comforting is that! It really brought a picture to my mind that He is always with us, we are never alone. He encompasses us completely in the true sense of the word.
Even Dick Van Dyke says sings has helped keep him young. He is in his 90’s and can still sing and dance. Of course, I know that singing Christian music is the best.
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Our joy comes from Christ and he is our protector.
I never realized that the urge to raise our hands in praise is a prompting from God. And it is for God. It’s just cool, I think…
That prompting to lift my hands is from God. For God. Ouch! The sting of conviction.
Thank you for these inspirational posts! This one truly touched my heart. i needed to be reminded of God’s shield around me. He is truly my strength especially on days like today when I don’t feel like I have much of my own. God has blessed me with a singing voice that touches others and I haven’t been using it for him. I’ve come up with excuses as to why I “can’t” or “shouldn’t” be singing in church, but He just convicted my heart. I need to use the gift He has given me for His glory! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!
I love to sing and I love to recognize when one of the songs is straight from scripture. It melts my heart!
Thank you for sharing
Thank you for bringing out the full
Meanings of words. “Impenetrable”, “safe cover” and “from every danger”
The passage takes on a deeper meaning when the words are fleshed out. Thank you.
As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after Thee …
That’s where my mind went as I read the words above. He IS my strength. He IS my shield. I put my trust in Him! His mercies are renewed EVERY DAY!! If that doesn’t make you lift your hands in praise I don’t know what will!
My baby girl is away at college and I miss her and worry about her so much…I went to visit her recently and stayed the night with her. I got up before daylight to make it back home and to work on time. As I was headed down the highway, and because she lives on the east coast, I was able to see the sunrise in my side view mirrors. In that instance, I sensed God telling me that He had her. I didn’t need to worry about her because He had his watchful eye on her at all times. Praise God, I serve a God who reveals His Glory to me all the time!!!
God is teaching me how to Praise Him, to come before Him totally focused on Him. I’m a slow learner but He is so patient.
So glad God said HEARTS a’leaping–and not bods. Maybe after I lose 150 pounds… Ha! And how I enjoy and love singing scripture. So many already put to music but like you said, I can just make it up if I don’t already know the tune. And to think about little ol’ me, making our GREAT BIG Marvelous God happy, and to bring/give HIM joy—-ahhhh, what pleasure that brings me! A win win, I’d say! I haven’t kept up with you in awhile due to many reasons–some lame, some not. But I’m glad I’m back and you’re still you and here! Be blessed, dear Liz!
On a very bad day nearly 20 years ago, God showed me Nehemiah 8:10. The time was remained difficult at best, but joy was rooted! This week I have had to become stronger (again, yet, still) and Nehemiah 8:10 has been shared with me twice! It is definitely going to be a very joyous season! Thank you, Liz
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:12 NIV)
This is one of my memory verses this year. This weeks lesson really helped to show me just how important this is. Thanks
So much tied up in this one verse, Liz, and you captured it well. When we trust Him, He becomes our joy, which is His joy. And of course worship music always helps, before and after our spirits our lifted.
“Ten million hearts a-leaping!”: what a beautiful image!
He is my everything! Love this verse! My heart should leap for joy and it does! He is my song that I sing everyday!
Thank you for reminding me of the joy that comes from knowing Jesus. Being a widow of 1 year, I sometimes forget that. Blessings on your ministry.
My heart resonated with these words: “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.”
I didn’t have a visual until I read your words that His shield isn’t one-sided. It surrounds us. I need His abundant strength daily and it is that strength that gives me cause to raise my hands in song. “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long!”
Love you, Liz! You are one SWEET Woman!
When I read the word “yadah”, it made me think of how many times people have used or I have read the words – yadda, yadda, yadda during a discussion (although it is probably not pronounced the same). From now on, when I read or hear yadda, I will think “yadah” and be lifting my hands in praise to my Father above. Thank you, Father.
The Lord is with us no matter how big or small always there for us, even when we forget. He loves us unconditionally and if we trust in him and feel his presence our heart is filled with song to share with him, matters not what song or if we are off key, we share with him and he with us, as we should share with one another.
Always love me some Liz Curtis Higgs! Didn’t get to see you this year at Spencer Christian but hope to catch you there next time!
Liz, U rock. I’ve been going through the roughest 5+ years of my life. Joy seemed to evaporate. Your every post is like Adrenaline to my soul!! Thank You, for being so raw and real!! I see the Light at the End of the Tunnel!!! God Bless you!!!❤️
Isn’t it neat when He sends help even before we leave on the three hour tour??? His provision is amazing, His sovereignty difficult at times, but filled with grace and mercy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and His wisdom.
I sometimes feel, in worship here at home, like raising my hands in praise and singing and I do. Sometimes also at church in worship service. But I feel self conscious and think “very few if any do that here” and I stifle what I know after reading this today, to be the Spirit’s prompting me. I realize if I did as the Lord is leading me and raise my hands in praise and thanksgiving, it might encourage others to do so also. I may actually be stifling others also. Forgive me, Lord, help to always obey your Spirit’s promptings. Love this verse and will remember what “alaz” and “yadah” mean.
Thank you, dear Liz. I needed that reminder of joy and strength. I live far away from my family in Indiana and can’t get home for Christmas this year. We moved to Texas in 2013. I have been down missing my family. So appreciate your study!
Hey Liz! First of all, I love your Bible studies so much! Enjoyed this week. I realized that I am not TOTALLY praising God throughout my life. I am holding back in so many areas– not fully trusting, not fully praising. I feel Him calling me to just run towards Him and let Him hold me, let Him have my all. Thank you again for your weekly studies, enjoy them so much!
Oh how I love you! I love to sing and I’m so glad he gave me a voice!
Amen, sister! Just reading this caused me to start giving thanks and almost leaping out of my chair with joy and adoration for our great God! Bless you for sharing this with us!
Your weekly bible studies mean so much to me. Today I was going to do somethings around the house, but the holy spirit told me to read your bible study now. I’m so glad I did, it was just what I needed today. Thank you, and God bless you.
I’ve learned that praising the Lord through the storm brings joy. Just as we cast our songs to him, we first have to cast our cares on him. Once we do that we have peace. God is faithful to give us joy in every season.
I love the Psalms! As my pastor is fond of saying, some people are too dignified to praise. That’s something so many struggle with. David said he would be more undignified and we should do the same. Dance, sing, praise, be joyful, and give God the glory and honor.
Perfect timing Liz, with all the Starbucks controversy, as believers we need to show the world our joy Our hearts should be leaping. Thank you for encouraging and reminding me to smile and laugh.
It’s so easy to look at the things I have and think I’ve EARNED them all–I worked for the money, I bought them … Lately God has really been showing me how He blesses me, even through the money I always thought I’d worked hard to earn in the first place. Thank you for your reminder to praise God in all things, because the more we praise Him, the more we see just how many ways He provides for us!
I love singing praises to our Lord.
I usually have tears flowing at the same time.
Thank you for the encouragement to continue even if a bit “off key”, LOL.
I was struck by the phrase “and with my song I praise him” – not your song, not a song someone else wrote, but “my song”. I think that God is waiting for each of us to find our song and sing it to Him….a song only we can sing. What is unique about my song? What is special about my part in the chorus? On those days when no other song will do, may I find His song in my heart so I can offer it back to Him in praise!
What a marvelous lesson Liz. It is be fitting for the coming season, celebrating our King’s birth. I am grateful for the strength and peace of mind the Holy Spirit allows me to have in turbulent times. On Nov. 1, 2015, a Sunday, just as we were dismissing church, I received a text message from my son. “Don’t panic Mother, I’ve just been hit by someone who has totaled my truck, I’m not torn up.” Being I had just finished praising my Lord, I said a quick prayer, thanking Jesus for keeping my son from serious harm and asking for strength to drive to the hospital in a safe manner. I received both. As I was praying, I could hear the voice of Jesus whispering, ‘peace be still in your heart, I give you peace and strength to get to your son’. I praised God all the week for His loving kindness in revealing situations and outcomes. He is my strength, my joy, my refuge and my all in all. My son had just left church too, on his way to pick up someone, to return back to church. Oh, how I love JESUS. Thank you for your sharing God’s words as you do and for encouraging me to keep praising Him.
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).
Once again I have been reminded that God’s timing is perfect timing and that joyous things are waiting for all of us. God’s love is perfect love.
My heart if full. After 40 years my daughter and I have found each other. We have all been more than blessed.
I give all glory to God. He knew when this was to happen. My daughter took a leap of faith and my prayers were answered.
This word is such an encouragement to me. The Lord is our rock solid shield and defender. I can battle overwhelming fear, but God is stronger and intimately near. When He graces me with trust, my heart is lifted from the dust and joy comes my way. My joy is found in the steadfast love and power of Christ. I appreciate this encouragement from the Lord today! I love you, sister!
With humility and gratitude,
As Advent approaches and Christmas soon after, I sometimes forget to be joyful for God’s amazing Gift. It is a time of hard work and focus as I prepare music for our services, organize vocalists and choirs, find time to practice myself, and also serve as Pastor’s wife to those who find themselves in need of comfort and hope. Thanks for the reminder, Liz, to listen to the music from God’s own Word! He is the song in my heart!
There have been so many Sunday mornings when I’ve sang to worship Our Lord….yet the people in the row ahead of me kind of cringe.
God has given all of us gifts, including me. But, I confess that singing isn’t one of mine. Many times I have wished for a beautiful voice to give praise.
Today, though, you’ve helped me realize that my song of praise IS music to Gods ear.
I’m reminded of a song called “Ten Thousand Joys”. We have so very much to be thankful for. Because of God’s strength and protection, HIS Providential Care, HIS love, Grace, and Mercy.. we can praise Him because He does give us 10,000 joys and counting… it’s all because of HIM. He puts that song of joy and praise in my heart when circumstances dictate otherwise… Because HE IS GOD. The tears of gratitude quietly flow… because the joy inside is indeed leaping forth. Thank you, Liz… for your commitment and encouragement. So needed, so appreciated.
I absolutely love getting your weekly message. It always speaks to me.
I always listen to Christian music, and there are many times I will find myself working around the house singing a song I’ve heard on the radio. It makes me feel like the Lord is right there with me.
Thank you so much for your ministry. I am very blessed.
In Christ, Kathy
Thank you Liz for reminding me that when my heart is full of His joy and I want to sing praises that I don’t have to be ashamed of my voice because he gave it to me….but also know that he gave me a soft singing voice so I won’t cause the entire church to sing out of tune with me….. God is good!
This verse was sent to me by a dear friend shortly after my prodigal daughter left home. What a comfort that no matter the circumstances, we have God to fight for us, and we can still sing praises to Him!
Oh I sing the best my voice is on this earth to the Lord! I know that he’s the only one who enjoys it, but I have to keep on singing! When I get to heaven, watch out! If I would happen to stop then everything that is happening to me and now my 14yr son whose feeling hopeless, unsure of everyone, afraid& in past thought of removing himself. I won’t let him go to school until he sees a psychologist. Don’t know if school is ok with it but I left message yesterday and nobody is called me back. I know Jesus is in control of the situation and I have to be honest and protect my son. I’m not leaving him alone! Praise the Lord!
“My heart leaps for joy, and he helps me.” The first part brings an immediate smile to my face. Pure joy! The second part is stated as a fact. HE HELPS ME. We can always count on that. What blessed assurance we have in Him. Thank you Liz, for your insight that’s right on!
Trust. He’s taught me so
much over the last 3 years and showed me where and how to trust Him. This weeks bible study reminded and confirmed again that complete trust is a must!
I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in. I did a bible study with you and learned so much. And I love King David and Psalms. Psalms is my very favorite book.
Thank you for including me.
My favorite verse! Music is a true gift from God. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God is our strength when we are weak. God bless you!
As I read this ,I thought I should sing more often to Jesus.
Love the words for having a positive outlook!!! Isaiah 63:9 – “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; and lifted them up and carried them in all the days of old.”
Amazing to thank God would actually want to hear my made up tunes!
I had no idea God prompts us to raise our hands in worship. Thank you! I’m Methodist and while I am comfortable with Methodism, I wish, when I was physically able to go to church, I would have felt comfortable raising my hands in worship. What a beautiful way to praise Him, my Lord and Savior!
I have struggled with being the only believer in my family. God revealed through an evangelist who had no idea my struggles one night at revival that if I stood in the gap He would save my family!!! I have clung to that promise on countless days!!! Though Satan has tried to make me doubt, I know that God has a plan as I can see His promise coming true as the years go on. God is so good! Thanks for this chance to win your wonderful books! Love your work but also love to see you in videos! Your humor and enthusiasm is infectious! God bless you as you have blessed countless others.
I love the picture of God’s shield flanking every side of me. How wonderful to know He is always there.
Through this study I am reminded that God has me under His wing. He is protecting all around me because He loves me and loves to hear me praise Him. Thanks for this study!
Thanks so much for your words of wisdom. Always enjoy your insights. Blessings to you.
The Lord is always beside me – he continues to comfort me and daily directly my path.
I love the reminder about the connection between gratitude, joy, and singing – regardless of the quality of our songs!
I needed the reminder that as I trust in Him, He will help me. It all starts with TRUST. Thanks for your beautiful writing!
My three-year-old grandson and I enjoyed singing together this afternoon. His sweet voice mixed with mine and the sound was delightful; it made me so happy. I never stopped to think about how our praise brings joy to God’s heart too. It makes me want to praise Him all the more. Thanks for reminding me of this, Liz!
“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”
I Thank you as well for the praise and worship with Richard Smallwood. I listened to the song of Healing as well. LOVED it! I have to tell you that I was in tears the whole time I read your post. It was as if every word on the page was sent directly to me from God himself. Liz he used you to speak to me tonight and through the song of healing by Richard Smallwood.
Again Thank You,
I am the woman that was bummed about missing you here at the River park this past Friday night…..
What it means to me is that no matter where I am or
Oh, my, what great joy comes with music, music of praise, honor and worship! I’d have to sing my response to those great words from the psalms!
Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for your words of encouragement. It is good to know that my words of praise are music to God’s ears
Dearest Liz, Sister Loved by God
Thank you for the encouraging words.
As my heart leaps and my praise rises to Him , He puts them in a precious melody of love. Praise his name.
Thank you so much for this blog. I learned I need to physically give God praise more often instead of just verbal praise.
Singing to Him. Praising Him with song. Yes! Yes! Yes! Sometimes songs that others have written. Sometimes His own words. Sometimes just whatever I’m thankful for is turned into song. And to know He enjoys my singing! That it’s not punishment to Him, but enjoyment??? LOVE it!!! Love HIM!!
Always thought a ‘sacrifice’ of praise meant giving thanks and adulation when I really didn’t want to or wasnt in the mood. But now see a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving is offering Him my very BEST in words, song, and deed in love and adoration, gratitude and praise for just Who He is! Giving Him my best is a sure way to increase joy which is our strength. What if each of our voices are like its own transistor frequency like on a radio band that God hears our hearts of praise uniquely and individually, and as we praise Him HE is filled with joy and strength. Wonder if our love songs and joy for Him could actually give HIM courage!
Thanks for reminding me of where my strength comes from!! That the joy of the Lord is my strength daily no matter what my circumstances are! Thanks!
GOD has revealed to me that through pain, I’m running the race of life totally without Him. And I’m weary. I am 46 years old. I have neuropathy in my legs and live in pain daily. It runs my life and my family’s life no matter how I try and hide it, joke that I’m okay or I’m in bed. We have been a faithful Calvary Chapel Christian family for 18+ years. As my pain has gotten worse especially over the past 7 years I’m trying to do it alone. I need prayer to fall into His arms and trust Him. I’m tired of not living. Just existing. I was the life of the party so to speak….now I’m not at the party. Seriously…I want my JOY back…I just don’t know how to get it.
Thank you for your encouraging thoughts…I am grateful for God’s love and mercy…and David’s songs gives me strength.
“Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God.
Fill the valleys, and level the hills.
Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all the people
will see it together. (Isaiah 40:3-4)
Thank You for helping me to move in my life Lord…and do more to glorify You!
“He is listening to our hearts, not our vocal chords.”. PTL, He’s not disappointed when I sing to Him. This gives me hope and makes me want to get my praise on, unashamedly!
I have always wanted to be a “joyful” person, but thought I wasn’t because I am serious and detailed, instead of being a bubbly personality. His Word reveals that joy is in my heart, as Matthew Henry puts it, “…seated in the heart.” Joy doesn’t have to be laughing or bubbly, but is the quiet peace and contentment I feel because I know Jesus, and feel His love and Presence with me every day.
True JOY comes only in Jesus. When we put our trust in Him, looking to Him for guidance and acceptance, not worrying about ‘the worlds’ opinion , we are complete. He will provide and we will/are blessed. He is all I need and I am blessed through Him! thank you Jesus!
Love any verse with “shield” in it. The reminder that it isn’t protection for just frontal attacks, but all around me!!! It sent my heart leaping for joy. Love to sing praises to the Lord with music in my car!!! Thanks Liz♡
It is so comforting to know that God’s shields surrounds me completely and that he leaves not the smallest chink in his protection. I will lean on this for some time…. Thank you God for the protection, both physical and mental.
Thank you for reminding me not to worry about what people think but care about what God thinks. I want His joy! His strength! His shield!
Thank you for this post it came in handy in a time of great need.
Today I will choose JOY! Thanks Liz
Today I choose not let anyone steal my joy.
I recently found your Bible study and I am so thankful. The way you relate Scripture speaks to my heart. Today’s lesson encourages me to praise more and more freely. God bless you and your ministry.
The Joy of our Lord is so overwhelming that it sometimes flows down my face. Thank you Liz.
I am a non-singer even though I enjoy singing and listening to others sing. I agree with you that it would be interesting to hear King David to sing and I also think to hear him play his harp.
Thank you Liz for all your books and studys. I first heard you way back in the 1980’s or 90. You spoke at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. I have been lisiting and reading your books ever since. Even on Audio books which I leave with whom ever I’m visiting, so you encourage even more than you know. Thank you Jesus for giving Liz the insite and wisdom to write for all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are very dear to my heart. Your children’s books go to my great grandkids. I pray God will use them to open the children’s hearts to him. My heart is leaping for joy.
Liz, you always have a beautiful way of taking scripture and making it come alive in ways that are new and practical that we haven’t thought of before. Thanks for your ministry and for your children’s books. We use them in our home. I have also lead a group of women through your Bible study Loved by God at my church. I hope to be the lucky winner as I love books especially children’s books! ; )
What a comfort it is to know that, no matter what we face in life, God is there with us. He clears the way for whatever lies ahead. That is such a heartfelt blessing and, yes, it does make me want to sing. I love to think that God hears our hearts and not our vocal chords. I play guitar and sing to him, but I doubt other folks would much appreciate the music that pours from my heart. That makes me smile! 🙂 Thank you, Liz, for your encouragement!
Your words, photos and Bible selections just made my heart sing and smile!
Thank you for the chance to win any of your beautiful books.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Thank you Liz for the words of encourage you send using God’s Word. This posting reminds me a a dark time in my life, which I can’t remember right now, which I feel is a God thing, but what I remember is God’s Spirit prompting me to go to this large park in California where I lived and praise and worship Him in song, out LOUD!!!! It was amazing and this reminds of His goodness, grace, love and how it filled my need by praising him in song, lifting of hands and heart. I love to sing, but my voice is not that good, but God doesn’t care, he received it out my obedience to HIm . May it be a sweet sound in His ear!
May God continue to use you to spread the word and His joy and salvation to other. TaDa!
Thank you for reminding me about the JOY!!! It makes sense that we can have joy because our God is strong and trustworthy, and that WE get strength from this. Amen!!
I love that you added the verse from Nehemiah to your beautiful photo. The joy of the Lord truly is my strength. I never feel better spiritually, emotionally or even physically than when I draw near to God and just rest in Him.
Wonderful post, reminds me of one of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs ” how can I help from singing your praise, How can I ever say enough, how amazing is Your love. When you feel His love and strength renewing you each day, you just feel like bursting out in song and praise!
Thank you for reminding us that God is always with us. I really needed to dwell on that this week!
Thank you for sharing the verses and messages on “JOY”. I love the scriptures that contain “JOY” and refer to them to encourage myself when I am not “feeling joyful”. I am grateful that joy even though it can be experienced as an emotion is indeed a fact. Your message to us has reminded me and encouraged me to rest in “the joy of the Lord” for He is my strength when there are so many demands on my life every day.
Love the Psalms and this one in particular. Also love the different versions you use in your explanations. I ALSO love the song, Total Praise! It builds and builds with praise till the end with a resounding climax! Hope we sing that one ‘when we all get to Heaven’! Thanks, Liz, for your teaching of the Word with such enthusiasm……
He listens to my heart and not my vocal cords. Glory, Glory, Glory!!!
It is so encouraging to know I don’t need a perfect voice to sing praises and gratitude to my Lord, who fills my heart with joy!
God does put a song in my heart all the time. He also gives me joy. God us so good. I praise Him every day. Thank you for this post and your give away. May God bless you!
Thank you, Liz, as always your words go right to the heart. It’s so easy to believe we have to get through things alone and fight our own battles. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that I the Lord has put his shield around me and I’m not facing life’s battles alone. Also, thank you for the reminder that God loves to hear our praise and in this season and every other I should be lifting my voice more.
God never disappoints. We may not get the result we were hoping for but he knows best and we should rejoice just the same. I love to sing but have limited ability….good thing God loves us in spite of ourselves!!!!
I know the Lord is my shield. He has been faithful in protecting my daughters and I for so much . . . yet now at a time when there is no sense of danger and everything is going well joy is eluding me. Last weekend at a women’s retreat we focused on the psalms. What a blessed reminder that we are instructed (commanded) to praise the Lord. My take home – praise Him inspite of how I feel! Workin’ on it.
My heart leaped for joy as I unwrapped “Parable Treasury”and a journal from you! I want to thank you for your gift and your ministry. I love to journal. I’m looking forward to filling these pages with praises to our Awesome God! ! Thank you!
I’m part of a small group of girls who choose a verse every two weeks to focus on and work at memorizing. This is my verse for Nov 1-14! Thank you for unpacking these lines and helping me to slow them down and savor them. I’m blessed by your studies.
Thank you for those encouraging words! Sometimes we have to be reminded to put our trust in God! When faced with troubles situations My God is my shield! 🙂 I will to praise Him…this is where I am strengthened.” For the Joy of the Lord is my strength!!!”
Thanks so much for these words! It’s like you have put my thoughts right there for everyone to read! I have always felt that music was the purest form of worship, for me at least. When I sing His praises I can feel Him with me. Music is so much stronger than the spoken word alone.
I’m so glad that God loves even our imperfect praise and that it brings Him joy.
Thank you Liz for all that you do for us on behalf of our sweet Lord. I often wish singing were my gift – I take JOY in knowing that God loves me and my voice anyhow.
PRAISE GOD!!! God bless you and yours Sis.
Our sermon series has been about David and just this morning I re-read the story of Goliath and The Word said David did not carry a spear and that he didn’t need it. He had God. God is our Spear, God is our Shield. God is everything. Reading this devotional from you after the David account just remind me that God is all I need. Why do I keep striving? Also, I have also often wondered what David’s hymns sounded like. Thanks for all you write. God is using you in mighty ways!
Liz, I am always grateful for the shot of joy and encouragement you bring, direct from the Source of all joy! I’m a news hound. I watch the writ of Bible prophecy reported in the daily newscasts and just wonder, how long? But my hope, joy and encouragement is knowing that He is holding it all in His Hands, and that He is holding me there too, and under the protection of His wing. There is nothing that He does not know and that He does not control within the bounds of His love!
Once again I am reminded of how very much I should be praising God for all that He does every day! Thank you, dear Sister in Christ!
It’s so good to know God loves our praise! I learned a long time ago that praise silences the enemy-I need to do it so much more!!thanks for reminder! Julie
I love all Christian novels. I love to win a book from you. I learn from your novels. Your friend and sister too,
Wow! I am thankful for what you shared. I need to sing out to the Lord more. He has brought us through a lot and is still working things out. Thank you for sharing your heart!
It is Sunday morning as I read this. Can’t wait to get to church and raise my hands in praise to the Lord!
The book group I lead for my church LOVES your books. We are reading “A Wreath of Snow” for December. Wish you could join us!
Liz, thank you for the fresh reminder of joy! He is my strength and continues to hold me each and every day.
I was just with you this weekend in Sandy Cove. Thank you for ministering to me…and all of those there!! 🙂 It was a much needed weekend of laughter and time with God!
Thank you for reminding me that I can always have the JOY OF THE LORD no matter what my circumstance is!
God is my strength and my shield, through all of life’s trials. So glad I can trust God to be unwavering in His love for me. The Lord is working mightily in my life right now, and leading me towards something big…all glory will be given to Him!
This was just what I needed this morning. God restored my joy this weekend in a big way and I want to keep it and raise the joy bar!!!
Thank God for his unending faithfulness and kindness in our sad seasons and the recipe to come back to joy!!!
Thank you for encouraging my heart this morning.
Thank you for reminding me – When we have no strength, He has abundant strength.
I have found myself looking for joy in “instant gratification”
True joy comes only from God.
…your posts are such an encouaragement and blessing every single day. (An offer for YOU: I would LOVE to send you a dozen of my “Everything Christmas Cookie” that I am ‘known’ for. Free! As a Gift from one sister to another! I just need a mailing address, my dear! Hugs, Melinda)
After reading your email I see that I too often hold back in praise. I need to let go and let it out. I will listen more to the promptings of God.
I will make a joyful noise unto the Lord, Sing His Praises throughout the earth, How marvelous is My Savior’s Love to Me.
Our five year old grandson Ryan was disappointed because he had not been chosen to sing a solo verse in the kindergarten cantata. So Ryan sang his tryout piece, pronouncing every word distinctly and beaming angelically. There was not one note on pitch and if he hadn’t announced that the song was “Silent Night” and we already knew the words, one never would have been able to guess. So it was clear why he was not chosen for a solo! It was difficult to keep from laughing. But when I read “God listens to our hearts, not our vocal cords,” I thought of God rejoicing at this precious child’s praise of Jesus.
“Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth”
This week I am praising God as He has provided my husband with a new job. I know that our schedule will be changing and change can always bring fear of the unknown. However I am praising God because this is a job that he has provided and I totally see His hand at work. Thank you for your thoughts.
I loved this…it’s so filled with joy to give us all joy! Isn’t is just like God to give us our voice to sing praises back to Him. I loved the verse “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” Eph. 5:19 When we love God the music comes straight from our heart!
May you be blessed with joy as you bless us Liz!
I’ve been under huge strain for last 30 months. A surgeon botched a procedure so badly it required emergency surgery. Since he blew an opening in the esophageal/stomach juncture, they had to redo my bariatric surgery; starting from scratch in food progression again:clear liquids, colored liquids, etc. What has gotten me thru is the Bible verses I’ve written on post-it notes, wallpapering my bathroom wall with these. The other major thing that got me thru, besides much prayer, was music. While that, on the face of it doesn’t seem like joy,it is; between Mandisa’s STRONGER and THAT’S WHAT SCARS ARE FOR, to music by TobyMac, & Peter & Evynne Hollens PRAYER (done a capella, yet you would be convinced they are backed by an orchestra) it is a testament to my love for God; acknowledement that He Alone was pulling me thru. That even though Satan has & is throwing more & more at me, it’s only because I’m seeking refuge more & more in God. Also listening for what He wants me to learn from each stumble or hurdle. So now, trying to catch church services online, sometimes 3 or 4 a day, feel now, that through God’s grace have adopted THE FIGHT SONG from movie FROZEN.
The study this week really touched me as I have been going through a very trying time. I have felt many emotions from pain, to heartache, anger. But through this the only joy I’ve had has been my relationship with Jesus. I can’t go on what I’m feeling no matter the reasons behind the feelings. Feelings are deceptive. Therefore I hold to the joy of the Lord. He’s my strength, and my help in times of trouble. During this time when I could only ask for help. He reminded me, where does my help come? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Thank you for these studies. They are encouraging and very uplifting. God Bless you in your continued work for the Lord.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; Psalm 28:7 His strength is unending and His shield is “impenetrable” (AMP). (Liz Curtis Higgs.com,11/11/2015)
My heart it seems has been put through a grinder for a while, but oh Mrs. Curtis Higgs God is so good to His beloveds. What I’ve learned from this week’s post & what has been reinforced over the last year by God’s endless bounty of love & grace. Our heavenly Father has me taught that when a person fears God & not man there is a protection for our souls which is the salvation in Christ.
Praise His name for sending Jesus in as the perfect gift! Mrs. Curtis Higgs you are such a joy and so are you TA DA’s!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
Needed the word on psalm 28:7. I was in a wreck November 12th. Walked away with a battered and bruised body, car may be totaled but a friend who came on the scene said my angels were definitely with me. I can’t put into words all I have felt the last few days. Every emotion is still raw. He definitely went before me, He has always been with me even when I didn’t know Him. In last couple of years He has been teaching me to trust. Pray He shows me where He is leading me now. I feel something has changed.
If you don’t mind I would like to keep you in prayer. You are surrounded by those in the body of Christ! 🙂
How great is our God, sing with me, How great is our God. I sing because I’m happy, If his eye is on the sparrow, then I know he watches me. Just sing. In the midst of the storm SING loudly.
I am reading your book “It’s Good to be Queen”. Last night in Chapter 2-It’s Good to be Open
about the Queen of Sheba having questions and riddles for King Solomon. Then you pointed out that
God us puts in a place for service to Him. This morning as I was driving into
the parking lot at work a man approached my car asking for money. He only wanted enough money for eating.
I reached into my wallet and gave the man $5.00. At that very moment, I
was reminded of chapter 2 and how I should be “open” for God. Ready to serve.
God tests me with situations like that.