Psa. 68:3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
“If they only knew!” Kathryn Kuhlman used to say that all of the time. If they only knew how real He could be, if they only knew His great love, if they only knew His omnipotent power; if they only knew their life would then be totally different. Rather than anxiety and fear we would trust in the Lord. Rather than facing all of our problems in our own strength we would hide ourselves under the shadow of His wings. But how can we know for ourselves about this great God, how can we rejoice in the Lord rather than trembling in fear before our enemies? These things come by a relationship with the Holy Spirit. He alone can make these attributes of God real to our souls. Here are some thoughts by Spurgeon on exulting in the Lord.
“Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, God, my exceeding joy. Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King! Rejoice that he sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things! Every attribute of God should become a fresh ray in the sunlight of our gladness. That he is wise should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. That he is mighty, should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness. That he is everlasting, should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. That he is unchanging, should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour. That he is full of grace, that he is overflowing with it, and that this grace in covenant he has given to us; that it is ours to cleanse us, ours to keep us, ours to sanctify us, ours to perfect us, ours to bring us to glory-all this should tend to make us glad in him.”
David said that the Lord had turned his mourning into dancing; now that’s a dramatic change. One moment, wringing your hands in despair; the next moment shouting and dancing for joy before the Lord. The amazing thing about the Lord is this, oftentimes our problems haven’t even changed yet. The only thing that has changed is that God has come down. That’s when our mourning turns to dancing. The Lord loves it when we exult in Him in the midst of our troubles. When that happens deliverance is not far behind.