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My Heart Leaps!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Psalm 28:6-8

"Praise the LORD, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. The LORD is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one."

There is always a time for singing. It is when the heart is in communion with the Lord. This can be during times of stress, pain, trial or on the other hand, when we are experiencing great joy. It is a choice of the heart that seeks to be in harmony with the gracious goodness of the Lord.

I recall reading Pastor Richard Wurmbrand's book Tortured For the Faith. During the cold war years, communist oppression of Christians was intense. He had been confined to prison because he was a Christian. The guards were cruel and sadistic in their torture of the radiant believers. It had such an impact upon some of the guards that a few accepted Christ as their Savior and subsequently became prisoners alongside the men they had once tortured.

One night in the darkness of that prison, one of the new guards ordered the prisoners to lie on the floor of their cell with bare backs. He then proceeded to stomp back and forth with spiked boots on his feet. Pastor Wurmbrand was in great pain and was crying out inwardly to the Lord and feeling that he could not take much more of the torture.

At that moment, a man, who was formerly one of the prison guards, nudged Pastor Wurmbrand. He whispered, "Wurmbrand! I have composed a hymn!" Richard Wurmbrand asked the Lord to forgive him for his lapse of trust.

That was years ago that I read that, and still I marvel at the joy which can be experienced, even in times of suffering. Here were men who were going through a painful ordeal, yet they chose to sing a song of praise to the Lord. So what about my life? Do I turn to the Lord in all situations and find my joy in Him? Do you?

When the Lord is real in our life, we commune with Him at all times. It is not a good morning prayer, an uttering of thanks before our meals and a bedtime prayer— it is constant talking with Him. It is laughing with him as we see His hand at work. It is feeling His arm around our shoulders to comfort us in times of sorrow.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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