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To express mirth with the mouth open in a wide smile; mirth is gladness; gladness is to express joy.
In Job 5:17-26 we read, Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: *For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. *He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. *In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. *Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. **At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. *For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. *And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. *Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.*Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.
For the average person, receiving correction is not something that is worthy of being happy about. However, correction brings True Direction, which enables a person to know the right path to take and/or the proper thing to say or do.
Just as a natural parent corrects a child for their learning, the Lord corrects His children (The Saints). As long as a person remains in good standing with their parent(s) they have the Right to expect to receive any/all the blessings that parents give to their children.
Just for a moment stop and think about some of the Blessings that God “YHWH” has in store for His children the Saints:
1) He heals and/or makes them whole.
2) He delivers them out of trouble.
3) He provides food/substance for them in famine.
4) He delivers them from the ravages of war.
5) He protects them from all who speak evil of them.
6) He protects them from the violence of disaster.
7) He protects them from vicious animals.
8) He will cause them to live in Peace and live a full life.
We read in St. Luke 6:20-23, And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
**Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. *Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. *Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
The Saints have the promise of the Lord God Almighty that even though sadness and sorrow happens in the night/darkest hour, that Joy and Gladness will come in the morning.
Think about all the turmoil that people can cast your way, but also know that they are not speaking or doing bad things against you, but they are persecuting the Lord Jesus that Lives within you.
What did the Lord say to the Prophet Samuel when the children of Israel rejected him? “They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, 1st Samuel 6:7 in part.”
King David in Psalms 126:1-6 wrote, When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. **Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. *The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. *Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. *They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. *He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. After that we have suffered a while, we shall receive a Name or Crown of Joy, Jeremiah 33:9 (in part).
An elderly Saint once told me that trouble ONLY comes to pass; it can only stay if we entertain it therefore, let’s determine in our hearts to live a life of Praise unto the Lord. Laughter will help a person forget their problems for as long as they are laughing so, keep on laughing.
In Isaiah 51:3 the Prophet Isaiah wrote, For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Perhaps, it might be good to think about problems and trouble like the best joy and happiness that a person has ever experienced because in the end, that is what it will be.
In other words, if the worst thing that has ever happened to you is turned around to be greater than the best thing that has ever happened to you then, why not laugh and be happy?
I sometimes like to tell people that there only two rules in life. First, don’t sweat the small stuff; and Secondly, everything is small stuff.
King Solomon in Proverbs 17:22 in part wrote, A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
It’s a Scientific fact that laughter causes endorphins to be released into the blood stream and endorphins are good for a persons’ health.
In Ecclesiastes 8:15 King Solomon wrote, Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
King Solomon was considered the wisest person that ever lived, with the exception of Jesus and he, Solomon, seems to say that only the good things last forever.
It may be helpful to think about it this way: If a person is truly living in extreme pain and torment, when that person physically dies, they are no longer suffering. Therefore, the Righteous Saints have an expectation of Everlasting Joy.
The Prophet Samuel in 2nd Samuel 6:12 wrote, And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
When the Lord is in the life of a person, they can expect to receive all good things. They can expect to be Blessed when they rise up in the morning, Blessed when they go out from their dwelling, Blessed when the walk by the way, Blessed when they return to their dwelling and Blessed when they lay down at night to sleep, Deuteronomy 6:7 & 11:19 & 28:6.
In Psalms 4:6-8 King David wrote, There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. **Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. *I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
True Joy and Gladness comes with the acceptance of Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour, and the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. One song writer said it like this, “You can be happy if you’ve a mind to.” And another song writer said, “If you don’t have a willing heart, ask Him to give you one.”
On the other hand, the Written Word of God said, “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 13:14 and “We have the mind of Christ, 1st Corinthians 2:16.”
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministries