I often hear leaders talk about how excited they are about this venture or that project. Good work is energizing and invigorating. But I’m struck by what king David describes as exciting and high on his list of celebrations:
Ps 31:7-8, “I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities, and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”
Exult and rejoice. That’s high emotion that is not usually typical of my response to God. It’s unfortunate that I’m sometimes more likely to exult in a great sports play or rejoice in some situation that goes my way. David determines to exult and rejoice (he says, “I will”) because God loves him steadfastly, and knows his troubles, hardships and suffering.
“Father, thank you for knowing my sufferings, even the ones I cause myself. My anger, or my lust, or my greed, or some other bent desire lures me onto a path of destruction…and I step in it. Keep leading me to the good path place where my feet have plenty of room. Thank you that such a path is a place for high exultation and great rejoicing.