My grandchildren―the six old ones, the three new ones, and the two whose arrival we are anticipating this year, are all obvious sources of joy and jubilation for our household. No doubt, your life is also full of many obvious sources of joy. We should seize these moments and make the most of them. But life is also full of challenges and trials. Things don’t always go the way we would like. People and circumstances can throw sand in our gears. Yet, when we comprehend the work of our Savior, even in these we can and must find joy.
O Lord, like our fathers before us, we are often malcontent. We live in the lap of luxury. We are surrounded by Your grace. And yet we are sapped of our spiritual strength for a lack of joy. We are dissatisfied with our jobs, our possessions, our spouses, our children, our parents, our church, and our nation. We often take You and Your gifts for granted and find reason to complain.
Deliver us, O Lord, from joyless dispositions. Teach us to see You and Your gifts with new eyes. Help us to believe and obey what You Word has taught us about joy. Renew our strength and the joy of our salvation. AMEN.