But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
Are you getting all that is in this Scripture? The psalmist says that those who take refuge in God and put their trust in Him will shout for joy because God will place a covering over them and forever be their defender. Hallelujah!!!
High spirits in this context literally means spiritual vitality; the quality of possessing a living faith. The key words here are “living faith”. Living faith is faith that never quits, never dies out, never ends. And the means of developing spiritual vitality begins with abiding in Jesus Christ. “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4 AMP) Abiding in Jesus Christ means to be hooked up to the Vine; to be connected so that His life giving flow reaches us.
Yet, there can be some obstacles to spiritual vitality. One of those obstacles is to lack a sound teaching as in a lack of the Word of God in your life. “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers”. (2 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV) God intends for His Word to be understood and has provided the means for understanding it through the Holy Spirit. Look at what Scripture says about this:
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NKJV)
And what are the consequences, or shall I say, benefits of spiritual vitality or a “living faith”? First, spiritual growth is a benefit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV) Then there is the ability to love others regardless of what they may have done. “And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” (1 John 3:23 NKJV) Then there is the ability to rejoice in the Lord. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV) And then last in the context of this discussion, but certainly not least, is the ability to spiritually persevere. “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV)
Friend, we’ve been studying about spiritual vitality or a “living faith” in our lives. I’ve communicated that obstacles are very real, but there are, equally if not more, benefits to being alive and vital spiritually in Christ. We need to place our everyday focus on connecting to our source, Jesus Christ. We need to get plugged in to Him so that His life giving power can flow to us and enable His light to shine brightly in us for others to view. And as a reward, His power, living in and through us, defeats the schemes of the enemy and causes the devil to flee from us. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NKJV)
Dear Lord, thank You that You place Your covering over us when we choose to take refuge and place our trust in You. We sing for Joy and shout Your Name. Thank You for spiritual vitality through a living faith in You. Forgive us Lord when we stray away from contact with You. Bring us back, Lord. Back to Your loving care. May we always give honor and glory to Your name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!