Serving The Lord With Gladness

By David Wilkerson

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

God desires that we be so convinced of His tender love, so persuaded He is at

work bringing us into His best, that we will have continual joy and gladness in

our walk with Him! Moses warned Israel, “Because you did not serve the Lord

your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things,

therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in

hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of all things” (Deuteronomy


God is saying to us today, “Be glad and rejoice in what I have already done

for you! If you go around moping, murmuring and complaining, you will forever

be spiritually starved and naked, a prey to your enemies!” God wants us to so

trust in His love for us that we will be testimonies of gladness and good cheer!

He wants preachers who are glad at heart, filled with a gladness that is based

on truth.

His truth produces a wealth of gladness that flows naturally outward from the

heart: “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with

singing” (Psalm 100:2). “He brought out His people with joy, His chosen

ones with gladness” (Psalm 105:43). “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you

righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).

“Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them

rejoice exceedingly” (Psalm 68:3).

You may ask, “How long can I expect to maintain joy in my service to the

Lord?” Many believe that it lasts only as long as seasons of refreshing come

from on high or as long as things go right. No, we are to have joy at all

times! That is exactly what the Bible says: “Oh, satisfy us early with Your

mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” (Psalm 90:14). “But

be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as

a rejoicing, and her people a joy” (Isaiah 65:18). We are “the Jerusalem

from above”—reborn and living for Him with a spirit of gladness and

rejoicing! Trust the Father, believe His Word about Himself, and see His

gladness pour forth from your life.

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