CASTING YOUR CARES: The Joy of the LORD is My Strength

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For one month and a half, I have struggled to write about “casting your cares.” Hence, the silence.  Yesterday, I was determined.  I spent most of the day at the computer jotting down the word journey the Father has taken me through the last month and a half.  I still had nothing to present to you. I have prayed over this like everything I write.  I finally had to cast my care1 about writing about casting my cares.  Normally, I am so full and overflowing of what the Holy Spirit has shown me that writing for me is fluid.   I am full, now, but the tap has been blocked.  I believe today will be different. So, here we go!

Last January, I was trying to catch a care and the Holy Spirit told me to hurl it to Him. Then I read: The Joy of the Lord is my strength.2 and Look! I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?3 God made me laugh at him and myself. He has it.  His joy gives me the strength to cast the care.

I meditated further on Nehemiah 8.  Here is what I learned.  To hear the Word of God, the people had to ask, Ezra, the priest, the scribe, to bring the Torah to the streets. The Torah was so sacred to them that as soon as it was opened, they lifted their hands, they bowed their heads and the worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. As he read it, they stood in place from morning until midday to hear it.  They had no written Bible. They had no Holy Spirit to teach them. Wow.  We take so much for granted.  Where is your Bible today?  Do you take it for granted? Do you even know where it is?

Then in Nehemiah 8:9-11 they share the good news:

This day is holy unto the LORD your God; do not mourn* (lament and wail), nor weep*(cry bitterly, complain, whine). For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way* (walk, move, live, journey) eat the fat, and drink the sweet … for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: don’t you be sorry*(worried, grieved, hurt, pained, tortured, wrestled, bent out of shape); for the joy of the LORD is your strength*(place or means of safety, protection, stronghold, harbor, place to run, refuge, fort, rock).  So, the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace*(hush, keep silent, be still) for the day [is] holy; don’t you be sorry either.

Simply,  Don’t worry!  Be happy!  Have My joy!  It is your strength. The Joy of the Lord who sits on the throne and who resides in you laughingly asks, “Is anything too hard for me?4

In Nehemiah 8:12, All the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth*(joy, gladness, glee, religious festival) because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  

This sounds like a party to me.  And why party? They understood the word of God to them!  Don’t worry! Be happy. God has got this.

This is the day the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.5   Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.6   It is your choice to rejoice!  The joy of the Lord gives you the strength to cast you cares.

Scripture References:

11 Peter 5:7

2Nehemiah 8:10

3Jeremiah 32:27

4Genesis 18:14

5Psalm 118:24

6Habakkuk 3:18-19

*Hebrew definition of word from Strong’s Concordance


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