Our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Psalm 33:21
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. O my God, in you I trust. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long, declares the Psalmist (Psalm 25:1,4-5). Trust is the natural response to a God who is merciful, upright, good, steadfast in love and faithfulness, who keeps his covenant. Gladness is spiritual rejoicing, for God is indeed worthy of our trust. Our list of reasons to be glad in God is long. Hope, purpose, life, provision, mercy, and grace are just the beginning of God’s gracious gift-giving. Mercy, forgiveness, family, protection, and even prosperity may be added to these, but the reasons for our gladness go far beyond anything we can list.
Consider mercy. The only motivation is God’s mercies, for every individual experiences His mercy continually. Mercy brings us through the hard circumstances of life and lifts us up to begin again. Mercy keeps life from being much harder than we can imagine. Our life and our death and all that keeps us from destruction is the result of God’s mercy. Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. (Psalm 25:6)
Consider forgiveness. A forgiven person cannot be humiliated, for in the worst of circumstances the forgiven person is in right standing with the Creator. Have you wondered how the convicted felon could proclaim God’s righteousness? Even those in prison for crimes they have committed are lifted from humiliation by the forgiveness of God once their crime is confessed to God in true repentance. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. (Psalm 25:8-9)
Consider family. Forgiveness reveals a family where loneliness is pushed from life and fellowship is sweet. The widow and the single have a family that runs deeper than marriage or blood kin. Even in a room where there is no other person, the presence of God and the communion He offers is powerful and real. Once we understand we belong to God, and are His children, our loneliness is forgotten. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them. (Psalm 25:14)
Consider protection. The safest place in the world is to be in the will of God. Wherever and whenever any individual is pleasing God, that person can proclaim along with the apostle Paul, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. (Psalm 25:20)
Consider prosperity. Poverty is only temporary. God’s people own it all! All that God has is available to His children. The fact that all of God’s children will prosper is both awesome in thought and reality! The abundance we experience in God is not only for this lifetime, but for eternity with Him. They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land. (Psalm 25:13)
Be glad today if You trust in God. You are in a secure and blessed place.