Without you, Jesus, I would have no joy in the sunset.
Without you, I would find no happiness in in any possessions; No latest item of fashion or car or house would fill me.
Without you, my soul would be a vacuum, craving and feeding - craving and feeding, but never feeling full.
It is because You are my God that I take pleasure in this life.
It is because this world is NOT my final home and is not my true dwelling place, that I can take joy in living here on earth.
It is because I know the Creator of the sun and the waves and the sand, that I can delight in a love for the ocean.
It is because I know You!!!
Lord, when I don’t feel you near me, when I lose sight of who I am in You, not even my favorite things satisfy me. When I have forgotten my understanding of what You have given me, now and eternally, my heart hardens and life becomes dull.
But Lord! Oh Lord! When you give me the sweetness of Your presence no circumstances around me matter! I could delight in your presence in the midst of construction, at the edge of the waves, or in the front seat of my car. Nothing is sweet than those glimpses of eternity, nothing is sweet than knowing You!
It is knowing You that brings me joy during my times of prosperity. When my troubles lesson and when provision is generous, I glory in the pleasures You allow me because they are gifts from You. A dinner out with my husband, a new dress, a fresh bouquet of flowers on the table – these are all expressions of my love for You – of who I have been made to be – an unique expression of Your image.
It is knowing You that brings me hope in more uncertain times. It is understanding that I have been created in Your image, that You have called me as Your child, and that I have an inheritance as a daughter of God Most High that brings me purpose. It is knowing this to be my destiny that allows me to submit in leaner times and to still delight in Your presence.
Lord Jesus, God Most High! Worthy are You and all Your works! In every season of my life, may my lips always utter praise!
Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord! In Your presence there is truly fullness of JOY.