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Medicine of a Merry Heart

Everyone wants to have a capacity for a cheerful disposition and general happiness. The psalmist said in Psalm 119:70b, “I delight in thy law.” In the Hebrew, this is rendered “thy law (the whole realm of Bible doctrine) delights me.” Orientation to the Word of God causes the believer to enter into delight at its prospects, propositions, promises, principles and portrayal of the person of Christ. The believer delights himself in the Lord (2), which means be occupies himself with Christ’s person (3, 4, and 5).

Understanding the finished work of Christ produces a cheerful disposition. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer [cheerful, positive disposition]; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). It is no wonder that Jeremiah said in the spirit of delight and of redemptive review, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name [identified with you], O Lord God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

It is the intention of the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill our joy through His spoken Word (6) and the desire also of all the Apostles (7). The capacity for a cheerful disposition is compatible to the finished work victory of Christ and is contagious in the Body of Christ and medicine to the soul. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22a).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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