A grand old gospel chorus asks, “Do you want joy, real joy, wonderful joy?” You might answer, “Who doesn’t? How do I find it?” Today’s devotional given you an invaluable clue. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Psalm 86:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
He who has groaned under the lead of guilt, when Jesus comes and touches it, and it all disappears, and he realizes that he is absolutely, perfectly, and eternally forgiven, — why, he is ready to leap for very joy! there are no words in the hymnbook that are rich enough or good enough to express the delight of a pardoned soul. The glory of it lies in the fact that we are justly forgiven. God is ‘just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.’ A sinner is forgiven by an act of mercy, it is true; but by an act of mercy which does not sully the snow-white garments of divine justice. My heart never knows how to express its delight for that forgiveness which, through the precious blood of Christ, is as just an act on the part of God as condemnation would have been. Oh, how wondrous is the blending of the divine attributes, so that justice and mercy can meet together, and that righteousness and peace can kiss each other in the salvation of the poor, guilty sinner who believes in Jesus!
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 533]