Lord's Day Liturgy

Taking Joy

“I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

This is a great resolution (Habakkuk 3:18). It’s only stated like that once in Scripture, though there are similar expressions, and numerous examples.

How much more do we know than Habakkuk? We know the immediate end of Habakkuk’s prophecy as the Babylonian empire fell and the captives returned to their land. Even more, we know the ultimate end of the eschatological Babylon’s fall. We know the name of our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

So there are many applications – in plenty and in want, in health and in sickness – where the resolution to take joy in the God of our salvation is apropos. Not least is as the church gathered to share the Lord’s Supper.

Take joy in Jesus that:

  • your sins are forgiven
  • the Holy Spirit dwells in you as a seal of your eternal inheritance
  • all things are working together for your good according to God’s purpose
  • the wicked will not be successful in the end
  • your labor in the Lord is not in vain
  • no one can snatch you out of the Father’s hand
  • the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea

You could not have imagined a better Savior, you could not have invented better reasons to rejoice.