EUPHORIA & PAEAN - PART 2
TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2023
Euphoria is the experience of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness, and it is also a dynamic source of inspiration and motivation. Within the rhythm of this definition, the keywords I want us to focus on, in today's article are "Pleasure" and "Excitement." Both are positive emotions often accompanied by intense feeling of happiness, thrill and joy. More below!
Reference: Ephesians 5:19 The Voice (VOICE) "When you are filled with the Spirit, you are empowered to speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; to sing and make music with your hearts attuned to God."
David was excited when they said, "let us go into the house of God." He was filled with euphoria because of what happens in the house of God. He knew he would connect with other people of God and experience joyous moments in His presence. And that's one of the "many things" excitement does for us.
Indeed, euphoria is a powerful medicine to the human soul because it fills you with an excitement that conditions your mind and spirit to entertain anything that gives you godly pleasure passionately. So David was excited because he knew that the Spirit of God would enlarge his heart with the knowledge of God's Word, His ways, and with soulful words of praise and worship, in such gathering.
So he stated in Psalm 122:1 (KJV) saying, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord." Euphoria creates exciting moments for us, in a way that can add depth and richness of divine fellowship to our lives, enabling us to feel actively alive to God, as we engage with the world around us.
For instance, the house of God is where God's love is fully made known in our fear of Him, such that we are positioned to experience the flow of spiritual joy and peace. When we are filled with the Spirit, we encourage one another and speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs.
As we sing and make music with our hearts attuned to God, the spirit of His generosity triggers unspeakable joy in us, leaving zero room for anxiety and worries. Even if you didn't come to church with excitement, as you join in paean of praise, the presence of God will activate your mind with godly enthusiasm and get your faith pointed in skyward trajectory.
After a while, euphoria becomes part of your intelligence and you're able to establish a good, harmonious relationship with yourself and other saints around you. Now the thoughts of anxiety and worry know their place; they are expelled from your thought pattern and are evaporated in the air space.
Ultimately, through euphoria and paean, we uncover the strong, gracious, lovingkindness of the Lord, at the core of our being. Zero wonder the Bible says, "the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV). Joy is a deep sense of happiness and meaningful Christian life, that connects us to God's generosity and compassion in one grand moment, as we partake of the divine experience.
It is most likely experienced when we embrace all that God has spoken concerning us in His Word, which is true and then, tune in to spiritual songs. And one beautiful thing about the Christian life is that joy always comes gushing into our consciousness and gets unfurled in our hearts, atop the summit of our praise. So the joy of the Lord within, is fully registered in our gratitude to God, as we get astonished by His awesome wonder.
Therefore, to become connected to our inner joy from the Lord, we have to knock on the door of euphoria and paean continually, and in doing so, we trigger His manifest presence in our lives. Psalm 16:11 (ESV) reads, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Beloved, there is nothing boring about His presence because its enduring influence is fullness of joy, which grants us good direction (path of life), personal fulfilment, and true success in this present world. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Luke 1:46-47; Psalm 68:4; Psalm 71:22-23; Matthew 5:11-12.
Guided Prayer: Thank you Lord for the joyful confidence I have in you, which is richly manifested in my acts of praise and worship. The purpose of all the divine activity I indulge in, is to experience your depth through consecration, not merely to make me happy and excited, because, in my daily practice, I'm truly devoted to your faithfulness, in Jesus' Name, Amen.