Here are a few points that jump out at me from this brief study of THE JOY OF THE LORD:
1. God likes parties! He’s wants us to have celebrations and festivals. Week-long ones! Involving a lot of food! And a variety of music! (Some of us will have to take dance lessons when we get to heaven).
2. He wants us to serve Him joyfully. If we aren’t, something is wrong and needs to be made right.
3. Our joy is to be in Him and all the good things the Lord has done for us.
4. God’s character is joy — strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
5. There are enemies — and God expects us to rejoice when we are victorious over our enemies. Who or what are your enemies?
6. We are told to enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and not to grieve, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10)
We’re going to have pick this up in a subsequent post. There are too many important truths about joy to include in this one. Someone has said that the mentally and emotionally healthy are those that have learned when to say Yes, when to say No, and when to say Whoopee! (Willard S. Krabill, M.D.)
Be joyful in the Lord today!
Here again are the texts on JOY:
Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.
For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity,
1 Kings 8:66
On the following day he sent the people away. They blessed the king and then went home, joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done for his servant David and his people Israel.
1 Chronicles 12:40
Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
1 Chronicles 15:16
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.
1 Chronicles 16:27
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
2 Chronicles 20:27
Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.
Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.
For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.
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.”