My, how easy it is to focus only on one of God’s attributes. If He were only holy, we might fear drawing near to Him. If He were only wrathful, we would have every reason to hide from Him. But there are so many other characteristics of our God, such as His JOY!
JOY is a consistent theme in the Scriptures. The word JOY and its variations (JOYFUL, JOYFULLY, etc.) are used 280 times in the Word of God. Let’s notice a few selected verses (there’s a bunch of them!). In our next post we will try to summarize some of the major points about 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.”
And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.
as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
“My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
[ Psalm 33 ] Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.
[ Psalm 66 ] [ For the director of music. A song. A psalm. ] Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
[ Psalm 95 ] Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise— let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy— your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.
and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. GOD LIKES SWELLING HEARTS!
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away. HAS YOUR JOY WITHERED AWAY?
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. THE LORD JESUS WAS FULL OF JOY THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
2 Corinthians 7:4
I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
2 Corinthians 8:2
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, THE #2 FRUIT!
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
[ Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity ] Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
1 Thessalonians 1:6
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. !
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
1 Thessalonians 2:20
Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
2 Timothy 1:4
Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. HE WAS NO RELUCTANT SAVIOR!
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
[ Trials and Temptations ] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
1 John 1:4
We write this to make our joy complete.
2 John 1:4
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
[ Doxology ] To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—
Whew! If you read through all these verses, would you make a brief comment below? Thanks!