The prophet Isaiah laments Israel's stubbornness and then shows the way forward to freedom; be alert to God's commandments.
A river of happiness! I like that imagery. I could do with a river of happiness and this is what God is offering me. There is a joy from God that rides out the dust of daily battle. No matter what the circumstances of the day, that river of happiness can still flow. I suspect it's connected to the river of life which is unstoppable.
So, what are the requirement to get into this river? Be alert to God's Commandments. This is echoed in today's psalm... "Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked,...Rather, the law of the LORD is their joy;" Psm.1:1 God's commandments don't oppress and weigh down. They liberate and give happiness, give joy! Today the river of happiness is mine to enter. I choose to be alert to God's commandments.
Lord Jesus, You came bringing the supreme Commandment of Love. Help me be alert to Your commandments that my happiness may be like a river.
Little Flower, please pray for me and Monique and Bun.