I you searched biblegateway.com for the word Joy, you would come up with A LOT of results. The ones that I found to be particularly interesting where the few that I read from the psalms (I got about half way through the psalms joy results before I stopped). A recurring theme about joy that occurs in the Psalms is that of the joy that occurs in the presence of The Lord.
21:6 You bestow on him blessings forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
16:11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
5:11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover them with favor as with a shield.
While all of these Pslams definitely have different context, one thing that they all communicate is that in the presence of The Lord there is joy. When you need refuge, The Lord provides joy in his safety. When we are blessed by The Lord, his presence in the blessing brings joy. Whenever we find ourselves in the presence of God there we will also find the fullness of joy.
Chances are, we don’t always feel like there is fullness of joy in every situation. Therefore we must seek it. We must actively seek the presence of The Lord so that we might experience what true joy feels like. This goes back to my post about The Joy of The Lord. Joy isn’t always what we think of it as. In order to full experience the type of joy that The Lord may have for us, we must adjust our thinking. We need to be open to whatever joys The Lord Ives us, whether that is the simple, yet profound, joy of knowing and understanding his word, or the fun, happy joy of getting to spend time laughing with family and friends, and everything in between.
A this week moves forward, I look forward to seeing and experiencing the joy of The Lord in new ways. Tomorrow I get to spend some time with families of students that I work with and learn from and serve them. I pray that The Lord shows up and that we experience his presence so that we might also experience the fullness of joy that comes with it.