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Bible Reading: Psalm 4
Key Verse: Verse 7 – “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”
Key Words: Thou hast put gladness in my heart
The word gladness means mirth, happiness, joy. One writer says it means leaping for joy.
In Acts 3 the lame man at the gate beautiful after his lameness was removed was leaping and praising God. Needless to say, he was filled with gladness, but notice where the gladness comes from, “Thou [God] hast put gladness in my heart.” The reason for David’s gladness was that God had defeated his enemy. We read in II Chronicles 20:15, “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Real gladness is more of a habit than a goal, more of an attitude than an attainment. It is the companion of cheerfulness, not the creature of circumstances. Gladness is what overtakes us when we forget ourselves, when we learn to open our eyes in optimism and close the door in the face of defeat. We win gladness when we lose ourselves for the glory of God and service to others.
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