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Perpetual Joy (Psalm 119:111)

I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
Psalm 119:111

“Forever” is a very hard concept to grasp. When we look forward, time often seems to move quite slowly. When we look back, it seems to go so fast! The psalmist is delighting in the fact that not only is God’s word eternal, it is also his inheritance. That is, God’s word has become the psalmist’s eternal possession.

We have the privilege of benefiting from God’s word as we walk through this life. It will also be a rich blessing throughout eternity. And we will also be spending eternity with the One who is identified as “the word became flesh” (John 1:14a).

The psalmist’s joy is intimately associated with God’s word.

I rejoice at Your word, as one who finds great spoil.
Psalm 119:162

Reading God’s word must not simply be a necessary discipline in the Christian life. It is God’s word that brings us joy. It is a resource to be cherished. There is nothing on this earth that can compare to its value.

The prophet, Jeremiah, is very descriptive when expressing how precious God’s word is.

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16

Do you want to experience an enduring joy in your life? It is available to those who find God’s word to be the greatest treasure in their lives!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58