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It's Better to Give than to Receive
Whether it’s Christmas morning or their birthday, you’re sure to remember the joy that comes over the faces of your kids when they get a special gift. We think the old adage is true: it’s better to give than to receive.
This little boy shows pure joy. Check out his reaction to the perfect gift:
What makes that video great is that the gift-giver knew exactly what would bring joy to this little boy. It wasn't an expensive gaming system or the latest toy. It was a simple gift that was perfectly suited to the child because of the relationship they shared. Their relationship was the foundation to their joy!
Laughter is designed for relationship. In fact, studies have shown that people who laugh more together have higher-quality relationships. The psalmist indicates that his joy is based in the security he finds in God.
Psalm 16:8-11 says, "I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
This hymn of joy focuses on the goodness of God. The personal pronouns "me" and "I" is used over and over the psalmist shares His joy that is found in the security of God. We see that David finds His unbridled delight only in God’s presence.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." (James 1:17).
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