Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Joy of the Lord

I ran across a portion of scripture in Nehemiah this afternoon that has been on my mind ever since.

Neh. 8:10 ...for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Webster says the definition of joy is - a source or cause of delight. Happiness has the definition from Webster of being - a pleasurable or satisfying experience. I think a lot of times that we use these two words and meanings interchangeable. And really they are worlds apart. I think Alan probably has the best definition of happiness that I have heard it is happiness depends on your happenings.

But joy comes from the Lord. You can have the world crumbling all around you and still have joy. Only a relationship with Jesus can give this kind of joy. He is the only one that calm a storm, tell the winds to cease. He and He alone can give us the peace in the midst of a storm. I am so thankful that he is mine, and I am HIS.

Ps. 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

In, with, Through Christ


chadandnikki said...

I'm thankful for His joy. Joy that is with you even in the hard times.

Sherry said...

Love this post! True joy comes from Him and certainly is my strength.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed yours and will be back again.


Deidre said...

Joan, I just looked through my bible yesterday to find this verse for E. I kept thinking it was in Psalms and finally found it. I am so thankful for his JOY today.