“The cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15, NIV).
Joy is strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and joy is like a good medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Now we read that a joyful, cheerful heart is like enjoying a continual feast. It sure sounds like joy is a prescription for good health.
I think the picture here is when the heart is overflowing with joy, everything in life is a cause for celebration-like having a great feast.
Often in Scripture, the picture of a feast is a picture of celebration. In the passage in Nehemiah, the writer talked about joy being strength, he also told the people to “go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. . . . Then all the people went away to eat and drink” (Nehemiah 8:10, 12). David wrote in his well-loved psalm, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). Jesus compared the call of salvation in Him to being invited to a great banquet (Matthew 22:1-14).
The picture of such celebration means the ability to look at a rainy day and a sunny day and find the celebration in both. It’s taking the difficult times and being willing to continually inwardly smile at what God is doing, the feast He is preparing.
A continual feast means there’s always a party going on in the heart. It’s knowing that at the end of a tough time, a celebration is brewing-anticipating it almost as if it is already there. A continual feast-always overflowing with good things and living life with not just a glass half full attitude but with an attitude overflowing with joy.
So I think it’s time to party! Praise the Lord!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I admit that I need joy today. I feel a little overwhelmed. Give me a sense of Your perspective. As I walk through what I am facing today, give me the ability to look forward to the coming celebration! Help me overflow with joy. Help me overflow with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
11 thoughts on “A Continual Feast!”
Praying for your joy! Thank you for this honesty and truth of even your own moments! May you hear His heart beat as you press into His chest.
Thank you daddy Jesus.. The Joy of the Lord is my Strength..
Hallelujah Praise God Thank you Father God for sweet joy Amen
JOYFUL, JOYFUL, JOYFUL FATHER I THANK YOU AMEN HOLY SPIRIT YOU ARE WELCOME COME IN COME RIGHT IN JESUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR ME AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
LORD help me to have JOY in the good and the bad…….In Jesus Name Amen 🙏🕇🕇🕇
DOTK, I want to thank you for your beautiful daily devotionals. I wake up every morning and I look forward to reading them. Bless you for your obedience as you enlight in the Lord while you receive these words of encouragement. Stay blessed and continue to be blessing to others.
JOY IS WHAT HAS BEEN MISSING IN MY LIFE FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS…AND TODAY I SPEAK FORTH JOY….THE ENEMY DID ALL HE CLD TO TEAR ME AND MY HUSBAND DOWN OUR MARRIAGE WAS HEADED TOWARDS DIVORCE BUT WHAT THE ENMY MEANT FOR DESTRUCTION GOD TURNED AROUND FOR HIS GREATNESS AMEN….SO TODAY I SPEAK JOY I SPEAK LOVE I SPEAK PEACE I SPEAK LAUGHTER….TODAY IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE AND I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT ….PSALMS 100:1 DOTK MAKE A JOYFUL SHOUT UNTO THE LORD…PS.30:5 FOR JOY COMES IN THE MORNING…JOHN 15:11 MY JOY SHALL REMAIN IN U…PRAISE GOD DOTK RIGHT WHERE U R NO MATTER WHO IS AROUND OR WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH GIVE GOD PRAISE AND JUST BEGIN TO THANK HIM SHOUT LADIES FOR YOUR JOY..HALLELUJAH….DOTK YOU ALL BE BLESSED ON THIS GLORIOUS DAY….AMEN
Heavenly father thank you for speaking directly to me i really nead your joy and peace right now thank you father
Thank you Father God, for your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you Lord for your joy.
The Joy of the Lord is my strength ever and ever . Thank you for the awesome message God Bless you
It’s so true when you find Jesus, everyday is a celebration.