"The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Lord, we long for the kind of joy that David the psalmist knew and sang of. He found his strength and security in You. And that assurance brought a deep joy to his soul. Teach us this kind of joy that is not shaken by circumstances but causes our whole being to delight in You. Remind us that You Yourself are the source and object of our joy. Make known to us the path of life that David knew. Help us rest in Your presence where there is the fullness of joy.
Pray for yourself: Ask God to give you a deep joy in your soul, rooted in His salvation. Pray that He would reveal any hurdles that are keeping you from experiencing His joy.
Pray for those closest to you: Pray that your loved ones would experience the joy that David knew. Ask the Lord to make these relationships places of joy, even during difficult circumstances. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any ways you might encourage your loved ones to find joy in Him.
Pray for your local church: Pray that your local church would radiate with joy. Pray for the individual spiritual lives of your church leaders, that they would individually know this kind of joy in the Lord and that it would pour over into the life of the church.
Pray for the worldwide church: Pray that Christians around the world would be known as an uncommonly joyful people in every situation. Pray especially for our brothers and sisters experiencing tremendous amounts of suffering, that they would know the depths of what it means to find their joy in the Lord.