Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
As your words came to me I drank them in, and they filled my heart with joy and happiness because I belong to you, O Lord, the God who rules over all. Jeremiah 15.16
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He was sent to the children of Israel to preach repentance when the people followed after false prophets.
In Jeremiah 15, the prophet is complaining about how he is being treated by the people. He asks God to apply justice to his situation and to remember how he has served the Lord faithfully.
However, he also begins to question why he is having to endure what he is going through. The people insult him continually. He questions if God will be there for him when he needs him. At this point, God calls for his repentance to receive restoration.
The verse above paints a picture of thirst and satisfaction at being filled with joy and happiness at hearing the words from God. God rules over all and Jeremiah belongs to him.
We should have the same thirst for God’s words as Jeremiah. We should drink them in through reading the Bible. They still have the ability to fill our hearts with joy and happiness if we belong to him.