“Where does joy come from?”, Psalm 126 - sermon for the Watford church of Christ

May 31, 03:20 PM
“Where does joy come from?”, Psalm 126

  • They are surprised - can this really be happening?
  • Joy is significant - fruit of Spirit, Gal 5.22-23
  • Joy is different from pleasure
  • “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still “about to be.” CS Lewis

1. Joy comes from the LORD, vv1-3
A. What has he done?
  • Question: “What has the Lord done for you?”
  • They want the present to catch up with the past - perhaps we need this too….

B. Important to deliberately remember/recall
  • Take time to do this

C. Gone viral 
  • Many reasons non-believers might talk about us as Christians, but perhaps joy is the best reason
  • Remembrance brings them joy and leads them to pray for a refreshed experience.
  • How do they live in the meantime?

2. Joy comes from faithfulness, vv4-6
A. Soberness
  • They live in the real world - tears, weeping
  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.
  • Sometimes sorrow and joy go together

B. Active
  • They go out sowing

C. Patient 
  • Waiting for the harvest
  • A confident patience - “will”

  • Remember & request - vision of the fruitfulness
  • Jesus: 
    • Our sorrow turns to joy - John 16:22–24
    • Hebrews 12:1-3.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

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