How Is Your Joy Today?
The word joy is found throughout the Old Testament. In the Hebrew it means: gladness, joy, mirth and rejoicing. In the Greek of the New Testament, the word is defined as: cheerfulness, calm, delight, gladness, exceedingly great joy.
God wants our joy to be full (John 16:24). Nehemiah tells us that: “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh 8:10; KJV). Things in our daily life may cause us joy but our true joy comes from God (Ps 16:11); in fact, as Christians, we enter into God’s joy (Ps 51:12; 1 Peter 1:8; Matt 25:11).
This joy is founded in knowing who we are in Christ (2 Cor 5:21), our security in him (Heb 13:5), what we have in him (2 Cor 5:17) and his love (Eph 3:19). “In thy presence is fullness of joy” (Ps 16:11).
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). As we spend time with God, in his word and in prayer, drawing close to him and surrendering to him, the Holy Spirit works in us to bring this joy. No one can take our joy from us (John 16:22), unless we allow them to. This joy will undergird us in trials (James 1:2). Jesus went to the cross for the joy of knowing what his sacrifice would achieve (Heb 12:2).
Spend time with God today and let his joy rise up and overwhelm you.