Finding Hope, Not Hope - So, For Your Soul
Finding Hope, Not Hope - So, For Your Soul 

                                       Joyful Obedience



 Our heart rejoices in Him,

because we trust in His holy name.

Psalm 33:21






Joy is the sign of obedience

and the overflow of faith.

You may not always feel like rejoicing,

but joy does come sooner

or later

if you place your faith

in God and His holy Word.





If you trust God even when you are sad,

I believe you will begin to rejoice in Him after a while.


Doubt breeds worry, and so does stress. 

Confidence creates joy.

If you trust in God, trust what He has said in His Word

about your particular situation,

whether you feel like it or not,

trusting will eventually bring you joy.

Of course this goes without saying that you need

to find a promise in the Bible that pertains to your situation. Pray that promise back to God. 


"Father, thank you that your Word says: 


Your anger is but for a moment,

Your favor is for a lifetime;

Weeping may last for the night,

but a shout of joy

comes in the morning" 

(Psalm 30:5).  


"The hope of the righteous

shall be gladness"

(Proverbs 10:28)


"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling,

and to present you faultless before 

the presence of His glory


exceeding joy."

(Jude 24)


"You have made known to me

the ways of life;

you shall make me full of joy

with your countenance."

(Acts 2:28) 


 "God giveth to a man that is good in his sight

wisdom, and knowledge, and joy:

but to the sinner he giveth travail,

to gather and to heap up,

that he may give to him that is good before God."

(Ecclesiastes 2:26)  


  "My lips shall greatly rejoice

when I sing unto thee;

and my soul, which thou hast redeemed."

Psalm 71:23 


  "Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

let them ever shout for joy,

because thou defendest them;

let them also that love thy name

be joyful in thee."

( Psalm 5:11)



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