Springs of joy!
Celebrate a new birth!
Springs of joy is from the Joy Collection. To see the card in its Collection, please click here.
Whether you are celebrating a new birth, a baptism or a life lived in God, Psalm 87 is a beautiful gem of rejoicing! It reflects with nuances of the joy of the Lord Most High, His city, His kingdom and His people.
This Psalm of the sons of Korah sings of Adonai’s love for His people and the place of their birth. Verses 5-7 read:
Of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,”
And the Lord Most High Himself will establish her.
He shall count and say, “This person and that person were born there.” Selah.
And the singers and musicians (dancers) shall sing:
All my springs of joy are in thee!
All my springs of joy are in thee.
We don’t know if this verse refers to our joy being found in the Lord or His joy being found in us, but it doesn’t matter, because, when we are born anew in Him, all His joy and all our joy are found in this union with Him that takes place at our new birth. Our Lord sings for joy over us, and our deepest joy is found in Him when we are born into His family!
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord move throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are wholly His.” This verse tells us that the Lord knows those who are His. When you imagine the earth, the globe that is covered with people of every race and tongue, God sees those who are His beloved. There is only one mark that shines up from the earth – the new birth… not family origin, political party, church denomination or attendance, good deeds – not any other mark but the new birth. As His spiritual eyes move upon the earth, the light of a life born again into His Spirit shines up through desert plains of Africa, the crowded cities in China, crude country homes in Russia, gathering places that dot the landscape everywhere, whether in teepees or tents, mansions or mud huts, He sees the mark of His own!
Jesus cut past all Nicodemus’ questions and went straight to the only truth that mattered in that moment by saying, “Unless you are born from above, you cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) John 1:12-13 tells us how! What a great company to be a part of! Oh, the joy of being His!
If you would like to read the origin of the Springs of joy card, please continue reading below.
Blessings and love,
The Springs of joy story:
My mother invited me over one day in October 1999 to experiment with Ukrainian Ink Dyes in her back yard. These dyes were colorful, powdered and intense. We sprinkled them on watercolor paper and used various water sprays to push them across the paper, such as jet streams and soft mists to create special effects. The original artwork for Springs of joy was created on this day!
It began to rain that day, and I left two pieces out in the rain that became Springs in the midst from the Joy Collection and Come unto Me from the Abide Collection. Come unto Me also incorporated a wax resist for the words before the inks were applied and the rain came!
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Beth Ann, What an inspiration! I love the part about the eyes of the LORD going throughout the whole earth and seeing the children who belong to Him! Marked with the Spirit and persevering in His power! Filled with God's joy!
Do you know the back-story of the Sons of Korah! I learned it this summer! Even though Korah rebelled against God in Numbers 16, his sons were spared, but the Scriptures don't say why...generations later, the prophet Samuel was born from this line, also some of David's "mighty men" and song leaders. They were willing to do the menial jobs of cleaning and gatekeeping in the tabernacle and temple. I love these guys! It's not where you came from, it's who you follow now! Praise God for Jesus!