Psalm 30 vs 4-6 says:
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Joy. What is joy? Chara is the Greek word for ‘joy’ which describes a feeling of inner gladness, delight or rejoicing. Joy in the New Testament is virtually always used to signify a feeling of “happiness” that is based on spiritual realities (and independent of what “happens”). Joy is an inner gladness; a deep seated pleasure. It is a depth of assurance and confidence that ignites a cheerful heart, and it is a cheerful heart that leads to cheerful behaviour. Joy is not an experience that comes from favourable circumstances but is God’s gift to believers. Joy is a part of God’s very essence and His Spirit manifests this supernatural joy in His children. Joy is the deep-down sense of well-being that abides in the heart of the person who knows all is well between himself and the Lord.
Our Father wants us to experience joy as a fruit of the Spirit every moment of every day; in fact, He told us that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength’. How does He explain that? Well, the joy of the Lord gives us strength to reach for God’s provision of love and salvation. Zephaniah 3 v 17 says:
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Based on His unending love for us, we find the strength to lean on Him for every single thing in life. There is no weakness in understanding our need for Him. His provision for us is total and complete. Therein lies our strength.
So, as we commence our day, let us tap into the well of joy that lies deep within our hearts as we connect with the Holy Spirit within. Let’s use the inspirational and spiritual songs to connect to Him on a deeper level.
Choose joy – a wonderful day awaits.