Linda Taylor: Song of the Lord produces joy in the heart

Recently, my husband asked me if I would like to take a ride with him in the gator.

The weather was somewhat cool, so I bundled myself into four layers of clothes, crawled into my seat, buckled up and we were off.

Even though the air was brisk, I was enjoying the ride.

My husband decided it was time to have some fun with the gator, so he found an old wash and we headed up the wash. It did not take long before he had to put the gator into four-wheel drive as we were quickly sinking into the sandy wash.

I started to worry that we would get stuck and end up walking back, and this thought did not excite me at all.

I decided to concentrate on something else, so I started to look at the many tracks in the wash, and to my dismay I spotted bobcat tracks. I asked my husband if he saw the tracks, and he replied yes, then looked around at the cliffs and continued on as if there was nothing to worry about.

By now, my imagination began to run wild with me.

I had this vision of being stuck out here, walking back with a bobcat following close by.

I began to pray: Lord, I want to enjoy this day with my husband, and I don’t want to be in fear.

As I was praying, the Lord spoke to my heart.

He said, remember what you have been teaching everyone in church on how to have joy in your heart with singing ( Psalm 95:1, O come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and make a joyful noise unto him. 3. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods.)

So I said OK, Lord, I can make a joyful noise. My husband won’t hear me over the gator, and if he does, I could always ask him if he heard the coyotes.

Soon, we were up out of the wash and I was feeling much better. At least that was until my husband spotted a very steep hill. I looked at him and said, we aren’t going up that hill, are we dear?

He just smiled and said yes and away we went. Out of my mouth came another joyful noise, and I do believe that the coyotes did join me this time.

As we came over the hill, I could see the home stretch ahead.

All of the sudden, the gator began to tip on my husband’s side.

Yes, it was time for a joyful noise, and as I began to sing, I grabbed the hood of my husband’s jacket as if I was going to save him from falling off the gator.

As I began to sing there’s joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart, I screamed at my husband that I would save him. We both began to laugh as the joy of the Lord came over us and we continued on with our ride.

I guess I had to take a holy gator ride to learn what the joy of the Lord truly is.

We did make it home just fine, and I really did enjoy my ride with my husband, for you see I truly learned what the joy of the Lord is. Jesus says in John 15: 11, These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

I do believe that we need more joy in our lives and one of the ways to receive joy is with music, so when you are worried or stressed and fearful, ask the Lord to give you a joyful song in your heart.

God bless you all.

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