How Joy Is A Source of Strength

The joy of the Lord is a source of strength, but it’s so much more.

Joy is a Gift

If you are grieving or going through a difficult time right now, it’s hard to have joy, but the joy of the Lord is a great source of strength, but it’s also a gift from God. Human joy can’t take us very far. It disappears in the dark shadows of our trials and tribulations, but the joy which God gives is permanent and is as eternal as the life God has given us through Christ. Prior to Jesus going to the cross and returning to the Father, He told His disciples, “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Notice that they must have had some joy in order for it to be full, so even though the disciples were troubled about Jesus leaving them, He said, “you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22). The Lord has “spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). The psalmist understood that joy did not from a human source, but from God, writing, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalm 4:7). What God puts there, stays there, so first of all, joy is a gift from God.

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'”Neh 8.10 

The children of Israel are not known for being perfect. Instead, they were people who struggled to maintain a healthy and pure relationship with God. Time and time again we see them seek their own ways and, many times, go against what God had instructed them to do. However, they were the people of God. They were His and He loved them.

In Nehemiah 8 we see Ezra reading the Book of the Law before the people while they listened attentively. As they listened to the word being read, the people began weeping as they were overcome with condemnation or a sense of guilt for their unfaithfulness to the Lord. They realized that their lives and behavior were not in harmony with the law and that produced a great sadness within them. Ezra the priest, Nehemiah the governor, and the Levites who were instructing the people reassured them of God’s forgiveness and, in other words, told them to celebrate that! Nehemiah then tells them that, “The joy of the Lord is their strength.”

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This Is What James Meant by ‘consider it pure joy’ – podcast


This is the Day that the Lord Has Made, We Will Rejoice and Be Glad in It?

As a boy we sang, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. . .” That seemed impossible to sing today, as so many of us are struggling, hurting. I thought especially of our folk in our hospitals giving medical care to the suffering. They are weary already, though in places like Houston the problems are just beginning. If we are to mourn with those who mourn, then today does not seem like a rejoicing sort of day.

There is a temptation to think that even though this day seems dreadful, we should just change our confession and wish the world into a different state. If we sing very loudly, with sincerity, that today is God’s day, then won’t God hear us and make everything great?

Avoid Magical Thinking

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Fighting for and Finding Joy

Joy is one of those things we’re all searching for. No matter where we’re at in life, we all seem to want the same thing: to be happy.

As Americans, it’s even one of our founding rights—the pursuit of happiness. And we look for it everywhere.

We’ll look to a person to find joy. Often thinking, if I could just find the perfect spouse. If I could have a family. If I could find an awesome group of friends…then I would have joy.

Or we’ll run to our job or a status in the hopes of finding joy. And if I could just get this promotion, a certain position, a specific amount of followers…then I would have joy.

We run after money and stuff. If I had this thing, a bigger house, a nicer car, a better that, if I just had more of…then I would have joy.

Or we’re waiting for a certain day to come. It’s like, I just can’t wait until the day that I graduate, get married, have a baby, retire, win the lottery. (It doesn’t hurt to dream, right?) When that day comes I’ll be so happy. Then I’ll have joy.

But here’s the truth: We might find joy for a moment, especially in the wonderful blessings that come from God himself, but yet even with the best of things, the joy never seems to last. I’ve found that once I get exactly what I want, I often feel like I did opening presents on Christmas Eve as a kid—like, now what?

Have you been there?

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The Source of Joy – podcast

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

We must never neglect our Savior. Our joy depends upon it. Today, R.C. Sproul calls us to abide in Christ, the source of ultimate and consistent joy.

2 Reasons Christians Lose Their Joy (And What To Do About It)

Faith Alone in Christ Alone in Our Churches

How did you first become a Christian (if you are one)? Remind yourself of the story. Now ask yourself this: did I become a Christian after I’d sorted my life out, or by putting my faith in Christ? That’s Paul’s challenge to the Galatians in 3:2–3:

I would like to learn just one thing from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

We all have different conversion stories. Some are dramatic, some gradual. Many of us struggle to name a date. But common to them all is faith in Christ. Salvation is not something we achieved. All we did was reach out to receive it as a gift from God.

Our problem is that we all too easily forget this. We forget that we received the Spirit through faith and not as a reward for our works. We forget that left to ourselves, we were powerless to change. And so we go back to our old ways. We start trying to live the Christian life ‘my way.’

We try to be acceptable Christians by keeping a law. We think what makes us righteous is attending the prayer meeting, being able to quote Bible verses, leading a moral life or responding emotionally in corporate worship. Our prayers or our tears, we think, make us acceptable Christians. Then we look down on people who don’t measure up to our standards. Or we become anxious when we don’t measure up. We live like slaves instead of sons.

The Galatians are returning to legalism and losing their joy. So this is an invitation to rediscover joy. If your life lacks joy, then this is for you. I don’t mean being happy all the time–sometimes life is painful. But even in those moments we will find comfort in God. If you can’t find that comfort or if you’ve lost your fizz, then listen up. Here’s a diagnostic for a lack of spiritual zest.

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🎶 Joy Of The Lord” by Rend Collective


Why You Need To Be Singing Sad Songs At Your Church

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Although worship can’t be contained in one expression such as music, it is evident from scripture that singing is a significant response to God’s revelation (Ps 63:5; Eph 5:19; Col 3:15-17). One of my former seminary professors once joked, “People who don’t sing should be sent to Sing-Sing until they do sing.”

Reggie Kidd wrote, “Think of singing as a language that allows us to embody our love for our Creator. Song is a means he has given us to communicate our deepest affections, to have our thoughts exquisitely shaped, and to have our spirits braced for the boldest of obediences. Through music, our God draws us deeper into a love affair with himself.”[1]

When writing about the future of Jerusalem, the minor prophet Zephaniah wrote, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph 3:17). So if the Father is singing over me, then how can I keep from singing?

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