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This morning in the Word: Victorious Laughter

June 15, 2010
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Victorious Laughter

I Samuel 2:1 –  my heart rejoiceth in the Lord; mine horn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies because I rejoice in Thy salvation. KJV

I Samuel 2:1 – And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. ESV

“Well may my mouth be filled with joyous laughter, because of the singular, surprising grace which I have received of the Lord, for  I have found Jesus, the promised seed and He is mine forever.” Spurgeon

Victorious Laughter???

When we respond with joy and laughter in the face of troubling circumstances, we have victory over the Enemy of our soul. He wants us to face those disorienting things and be downcast, discouraged, dismayed; he wants us to live with weak faith, diluted trust. So when those hard things come and we rejoice – when we cling tighter to His Righteous Right Hand and sing The Name louder than ever – our laughter brings victory. It is as if we face those difficulties and set aside weeping to say, “Watch this! God is about to do something breathtaking.”  

Every time we respond joyfully, the Enemy reels – because our laughter peels forth as the music of Rescue, the music of the Gospel. It is His finished work that brings resurrection power into play in dreadful circumstances; it is our salvation that allows us to laugh in the face of fearful things. Only His victorious death, His salvation of us, makes such laughter possible.

Laughter is the sound of victory. So we go on our way rejoicing!

 

 

 

 

 

It is my prayer that as you walk through difficult days you, too, will echo this prayer from Morning and Evening:

    I would have all those that hear of my great deliverance … laugh for joy with me. I would surprise my family with my abundant peace; I would delight my friends with my ever increasing happiness; I would edify the Church with my grateful confessions; and even impress the world with the cheerfulness of my daily conversation.

“The Lord Jesus is a deep sea of joy: my soul shall dive therein, shall be swallowed up in the delight of His [nearness].” Spurgeon

By His grace and power may it be so!


tolle lege: Take Up and Read

This phrase came to Augustine, great figure in the early church, as God used a single verse from Romans to call him to repentance. He, as is told in his Confessions, did take up (the Scriptures) and read and was converted. I recommend that you tolle lege good books – I’m hoping that they will bring you a deeper understanding of His Word in life changing ways.

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon, one of the best gifts I have ever received was my very own copy of this timeless devotional.  I urge you to keep a copy close at hand. You can find an electronic version at Christian Classics Ethereal Library (see the Resource list in the right colomn) or go to this site – http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/morneve.d0615am.htmlor you can whine, like I did, until one of your friends buys you a copy.

The excerpts above come from the June 15 exhortation, which gives us Spurgeon’s thoughts after communing with God on Genesis 21:6:  And Sarah said, “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”

 

Hermeneutical Help – Historical Context: When you take time to read the context of I Samuel 2 and know the historical and cultural circumstances that were surrounding Hannah when she wrote these words, the Truth becomes even sweeter.

Hermeneutical Help – other versions: Check out the Blue Letter Bible link in the column to the right. You can find this prayer in many different versions of Scripture – and the comparison study brings precious insight!

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