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 Word of God says
about this topic.
Psalm 16:11 says "Thou will show me 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 altar of God,
unto God my exceeding joy...."
Nehemiah 8:10 says ...."the joy of 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 morning."
Isaiah 35:10 "And ransomed of 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, oil of joy for
mourning, garment of praise for spirit of
heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of Lord, that He might be glorified."
Joy is also one of fruits of 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 wells of salvation."
Psalm 51:12: "Restore unto me, 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 well.
As soon as I prayed and gave my life to Him, I felt real
joy for first time in my life. It was like coming home.
It is beyond description!
Hebrews 12:2 says "Looking unto Jesus, author and
finisher of our faith, who for joy that was set