The Joy of the Lord

 

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This is a reflection I wrote for my Bible College class three years ago. I hope it will be an encouragement to you.

Let us reflect for a few minutes upon the joy of the Lord.

Websters 1828 dictionary defines joy as a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good; a glorious and triumphant state; to enjoy, to have or possess with pleasure.

Zephaniah 3:17 says,

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. The Hebrew word used for rejoice is (soos), which means to exult, leap, or spring.

This verb is in the imperfect tense, meaning that it is a continued condition. It is defined as an action that is incomplete, has been going on for some time, but has only just begun. The second word for joy is simka, meaning joyful cries and gladness. The third word for joy is the word geel, which means to leap for joy. The Lord does not need an object of His joy, but He chooses to delight in us, and rejoice over us.

Some of my favorite memories of my childhood are of bedtime, because that is when I would get one-on-one time with my Dad. He would come in to my room to say goodnight to me, and we would often sing together, or he would sing to me. I experienced such closeness to him in those moments, and knew how much he loved me. How much more does our Heavenly Father love us that He would shout, and sing, and dance with joy over us, His creation. Let us delight in our King in the same way.

Isaiah 62:5 says,

“ As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice (soos) over you”

The word for rejoice referring to the bridegroom is a finite verb, meaning that it expresses a complete thought. The bridegroom has a certain capacity for joy that he expresses towards his wife. However, the word for rejoice connected with God is a different word. It is an imperfect verb, meaning that is a continuing action. God’s joy has always existed and will never run out. It is an ever flowing fountain. Human joy is finite, but divine joy is infinite.

The joy of the Lord is also revealed through the life of Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2 says “for the joy that was set before Him He endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

Even though He was undergoing intense suffering, Jesus had joy in what was ahead, in the fact that He was rescuing us, and in the joy that was awaiting Him in God’s presence. Jesus’ joy was transcendent of His situation, and so great that it overpowered even the Cross. Jesus endured the Cross because of the joy set before Him. This joy was His motivation, because He was looking towards an eternal reward, His eyes set on His Father’s will. Realize, beloved saints, that because we are in Christ, we share this joy as our inheritance. It is a fruit of the Spirit. We have this joy because we are looking to the prize of beholding Christ, of seeing Him as He is, and of being made like Him. One day we will be in the beauty of His presence, and in His presence is fullness of joy. But for these present days, know that the “The joy of the Lord is our strength.”