Dear Hope Family and Friends,
As we roll into the excitement of summer—with the anticipation of road trips, family connections, wedding celebrations, and some lazy afternoons—our passage this week is a timely reminder of what it means to live with joy. I have been reading David Brooks’s latest book, The Second Mountain, and in it he helpfully explains several differences between happiness and joy. He writes, “Happiness fades; we get used to the things that used to make us happy. Joy doesn’t fade. To live with joy is to live with wonder, gratitude, and hope.”
Psalm 16 tells us that that kind of joy—the kind that bursts forth with wonder, gratitude, and hope—is available to us because of the person and work of Jesus. Yes, even a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, King David anticipated a Messiah who would come in grace, fill our hearts with joy, and make good on all the promises of God. The resurrection is why joy doesn’t fade. Yet, in the reality of our daily lives, it’s tough to maintain joy. So we turn to cheap fixes and solutions—either in worldly pleasures and pursuits or in law-keeping—when all we are asked to do is find rest through our union with Jesus. Easier said than done, right? Well, let’s talk about it on Sunday.
Please be in prayer for me and a number of our middle schoolers, who will head out on Monday with a group from Redeemer to participate in a week-long camp at Covenant College. It should be a sweet time of gospel teaching, fun activities, and meaningful conversations.
See you Sunday!