“The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way.”
Ezra 8:31b

Michael Card is one of my favorite recording artists. If you’re not familiar with his work, I highly recommend him to you. Most of his songs are Scripture saturated with whole albums dedicated to single books or sections of the Bible. If you’ve never listened to his music, look him up online.

One song he wrote years ago, “Joy in the Journey” has been on my mind a lot this week as I have thought about our journey under the faithful hand of God. It’s a difficult road God has called us to take, and yet a road filled with joy as we walk in the steps of Jesus. We’ll see that this morning as we look at Ezra 8 and observe how they (and we) must cast our all upon God, trusting Him and His faithful hand for those who seek Him. Here are the lyrics to that song:

There is a joy in the journey.
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life.
And freedom for those who obey
And all those who seek it shall find it.
A pardon for all who believe

Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind.
To all who’ve been born of the Spirit.
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time.
And weary of struggling with sin.
Forget not the hope that’s before you.
And never stop counting the cost.
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost . . .

There is a joy in the journey.
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life.
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey…

I pray you will have joy in the journey as you keep your eye fixed on Him!

Don’t forget that we have a fellowship meal today, followed by our Annual Congregational meeting at 1:30. May the Lord direct us in obedience to Him

Seeking the joy that comes from walking with Him

Pastor Scott