The Joy of the Lord - Returning
Sunday Morning Message by our Worship Pastor Anthony Counts
The Joy of the Lord- Returning
As Solomon began his reign, Israel was enjoying its greatest material prosperity and splendor.
The years that followed were characterized by a continuing cycle of faithfulness and unfaithfulness.
Their repeated failure eventually led to the dispersion and captivity of the nation, as well as the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple.
The restoration of the temple and wall under Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah began a four-step progression toward great rejoicing.
- I. Reuniting the Fellowship (1)
The joy of the Lord is never experienced when His people are at odds with one another and out of step with Him.
The first step in returning to the joy of the Lord was reuniting the fellowship.
Isaiah 53:4-6, Ezekial 34, John 17:13,20-21
- II. Rereading the Word (2-3)
Faithful attention to the Word of God still brings God’s richest blessings.
- III. Renewing of Worship (5-6)
We see in the text two postures of worship:
- The posture of celebration
- The posture of humility
Psalms 100, Micah 6:8
Even today, genuine worship should be characterized by a celebration of God’s greatness, and a demonstration of humility in His presence.
- IV. Returning to Joy (9-12)
Sincere spiritual renewal relieves us from the burden of guilt and frees us to walk in the joy of the Lord.
Conclusion: I John 1:1-4- That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life- the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and manifested to us- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.