A Merry Heart Doeth Good – Proverbs 17:22

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. – ​Proverbs 17:22

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Meditation:  There is an old adage that says, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  Well, the is may be am exaggeration, but the proverb above is certainly true.  Joy is one of the great characteristics of the Kingdom of God (Romans 14:17).

What is life without joy?  Without joy, there can be no fun, no smiles, and no appreciation of the ecstasy of the Creator’s love.  Joy is essential, and merriment in the service of the Lord is what makes it good.   Or in the words of the psalmist, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm 34:8).  Joy is the fragrance in the flowery meadow.  It is the sweetness of spring berries.  Joy is what brings righteousness and peace alive.  They are all part of a whole.

Christians serve a joyous King, and we should be merry.  We should bring joy wherever we go.  As much as we should repent from sin toward the righteousness of Christ, we should turn to His joy and away from the fleeting pleasures of this world toward the lasting joys of heavenly things.  Find the joy and merriment in everyday things where you find the goodness of God.

Call To Action:  The children of God have been given incredible gifts, and as stewards of these gifts, let us share them with our neighbors near and far.  Let the earth ring with the sound of our merriment.  “Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation” (1 Chronicles 16:23).

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