Today’s mishmash is brought to you by the word JOY. The dictionary describes JOY as:
- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires
- a state of happiness or felicity
- a source or cause of delight
However, this definition of Christian JOY by John Piper is the kind of JOY I’m writing about:
Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the Word and in the world.¹
When I want to thank God for His joy . . .
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
[The LORD says] The joy of the LORD will fill you to overflowing.
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
—Isaiah 41:16 NLT
We are praying . . . that you will be filled with his mighty,
glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens—
always full of the joy of the Lord.
—Colossians 1:11 TLB
You will make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy.
—Psalm 16:11 NASB
Be full of joy in the Lord always.
I will say it again, be full of joy.
—Philippians 4:4 NCV
. . . I will pray.
Today I woke up singing a praise song that I heard on the radio yesterday. I guess it must have settled into my mind because I remember hearing it play through my dreams during the night as I slept. What a wonderful way to start the day! No matter how tired, cranky, or achy I feel when I wake up, praising You in song overcomes any pain or irritation I may be experiencing.
There are so many reasons to be joyful when thinking about You. Knowing I can always turn to You for guidance makes me smile with gratification. Your comforting arms holding me close make me sigh in blissful contentment.
Your heavenly joy becomes visible when I hear the delighted giggling of a child or see the tiny hands and feet of a newborn baby. And how can I not rejoice with You when a glorious rainbow paints the sky? I always appreciate Your readiness to show me the joys in life, especially when I’m at my lowest. You give me joy enough for each and every day. Thank You for Your gracious gift.
I have no understanding of a long-faced Christian.
If God is anything, He must be joy.
—Joe E. Brown
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]