O Tidings of Comfort and Joy


I haven’t been able to post as much this week.  Life at my house has been, to put it mildly, in crisis mode.  It’s not the right time to share this yet, but a little later on this summer I look forward to telling you what God has done for us through some harrowing events.

All the upheaval didn’t keep me from continuing to think about joy.  As only God can do for us, I saw something new in one of my favorite passages, Psalm 94:17-19.

Unless the Lord had given me help,

I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,”

Your love, O Lord, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me

Your consolation brought joy to my soul.

I had never thought of God’s consolation, or comfort, as bringing joy.  And yet we sing, “O tidings of comfort and joy,” every Christmas in the carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.  Being comforted by God brings joy?  Are the words of the Christmas carol in the Bible?  Sure enough,

I will turn their mourning into gladness;

I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Jeremiah 31:13b

Jeremiah was speaking of the time that the Jews that were in exile would return to Israel.  And when Christ was born and all men could return and be reconciled to God, that would again be a time of comfort and joy.

I’m not always open to being comforted by God or others.  This shows me that I have been missing not only God’s comfort but also the opportunity to see God’s perspective and have His joy.

What will this mean for you this week?

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