13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
We all understand the sorrow of heart that can break someone’s spirit. Either it has happened to us or we have seen it in a story. Sorrow leads to hopelessness and then someone’s spirit is broken; they become a walking shell. In Proverbs, we have often seen that the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. This is an interesting use of eating foolishness while also proclaiming or vomiting out foolishness.
What I would like for us to look at today is the first part of verse 13 and the second part of verse 15:
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,” and “he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.”
Those of you who know my father, Pastor Bill, know that he was always cheerful. He said it took less muscles to smile than to frown and he taught me that the joy of the Lord is our strength. My dad loved to tell you good news and held his tongue about gossip and people’s problems. When he came in the room, we were happy and glad he was there. According to today’s verse, my dad had a cheerful face because he had a merry heart. When our hearts are full, content, and filled with joy, our faces will be cheerful, our words will be edifying, and our overall demeanor will reflect the joy of the Lord
The second part speaks to a continual feast that is enjoyed by those who have a merry heart. When we are joyful, almost everyone else is uplifted and our joy is fed day by day. When our hearts are merry, that is, they are joy-filled and overflowing, those who come around us feed on our joy and we feed on theirs. We never go hungry in our souls for the joy of the Lord is both given out and received in return.
Is your heart merry today? Do those who know you enjoy you because you bring joy with you every time? Meditate today on the goodness of God that brought you to repentance, then meditate on the love of God that saved you knowing that you would sin again and again until you die. Rejoice in God’s mercies that are new every morning and thank God with one another, then, your heart will enjoy a continual feast.
Yesterday was a good day of opportunities to serve the Lord and His kingdom. I mentioned my lunch appointment and God gave me great freedom to talk to this young dating couple about Him, forgiveness of sin, and the fulness of Christ. Pray for their eternal salvation.
Later in the day I met a missionary here named Jonathan and we went out looking for people to talk to about the Lord. We found one man who was not interested in a conversation about sin. The next young man listened to the gospel message but could not accept the Bible as his authority. We left him with some videos on a flash drive. Pray for God to bring this young man to Himself.
Have a great day in the Lord,