Joy Of The Lord
The word means different things to different people.
Is it simply an emotion or feeling? Do we only feel
joy when life seems to be going good, when our
circumstances are favorable? Or is there something
more? I'd like to explore what the Word of God says
about this topic.
Psalm 16:11 says "Thou will show me the path of life,
in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand
there are pleasures for evermore."
Psalm 43:4 says "Then will I go to the altar of God,
unto God my exceeding joy...."
Nehemiah 8:10 says ...."the joy of the Lord is my
What these scriptures say is that God Himself is the
source of our joy. And that joy gives us strength.
Have you ever noticed when you're feeling blue, that
you tend to feel weak and tired too?
Here are some promises God offers us concerning joy:
Psalm 30:5...."weeping may endure for a night, but joy
comes in the morning."
Isaiah 35:10 "And the ransomed of the Lord (His
children) shall return and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads, they shall obtain joy
and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Isaiah 61:3 says "To appoint unto them that mourn in
Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness, that they might be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might
Joy is also one of the fruits of the Spirit.
He WANTS to give us joy! Sometimes we think of God as
heavy handed wanting to give us a hard time anytime we
mess up, but that's not His heart at all, He wants to
give us joy. But will we receive Him in order to
receive the joy He offers us?
Isaiah 12:3 says "therefore with joy shall ye draw
water out of the wells of salvation."
Psalm 51:12: "Restore unto me, the joy of thy
salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit."
In salvation (the term used when we ask Jesus to be
our God, our savior) there is joy. I found this true as
As soon as I prayed and gave my life to Him, I felt
real joy for the first time in my life. It was like
coming home. It is beyond description!
Hebrews 12:2 says "Looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
This one blows my mind! Jesus had joy in the midst of
facing being crucified, one of the most painful deaths
one could endure. His crucifixion was right ahead, he
knew it, and he was joyful! Why? Because He saw beyond the
cross, what it would accomplish. It would accomplish
the right for ANY person to be His child and go to heaven if they want to.
He did it for us because He loved us so much and wants
to give us so much, if only we will receive Him.
Here's some other really awesome thoughts of how God
Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The Lord thy God, in the midst
of thee is mighty, he will save, he will rejoice over
thee with joy, he will rest in his love, he will joy over
thee with singing."
God sings joyfully over us?! That's what He says. Have
you ever thought that we could make Him happy? All He
wants is our Love, because He loved us first.
In closing one more view of God, Luke 15:4-7 says,
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lost
one of them, would not leave the 99 in the wilderness
and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders
rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together
his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice
with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.
I (Jesus) say unto you, that likewise joy shall be
in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over
the 99 which need no repentance."
Jesus cares so much He seeks out to find the ones
who are lost, and it gives Him great joy when He
finds that one. Even all of heaven throws a party!
If you don't know this loving, kind and joyful Jesus
of Nazareth, I'd encourage you to simply ask Him
into your heart. Receive everything He so wants
to give you. Eternal life, joy, and the peace of
knowing you're right with God. Just a simple prayer
to Him anywhere of what's on your heart will do, and
watch the joy flood your soul! And know also that
you've given Him great joy too.
About the Author: By Valerie Garner-Mother, grandmother and candlemaker /
owner of Joyful Designs in Soy. She loves to write on
a variety of topics with a warm, and engaging style.