“Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will Joy in the God of my salvation,” Habakkuk 3:18
First I would want to say: explaining the Joy of the Lord is like listening to the flow of water in the bark of a tree planted next to a stream- its inexpressible.
In the news today, the Kenyan rugby team is celebrating its win in the Singapore world rugby Sevens series and in as much as we congratulate them, the only men who can express their joy are the 7 players who were on the ground.
Joy can only be experienced!
Joy of salvation- our faith in God’s salvation is a constant reason for joy and thanksgiving, no matter what temporary situation we are in. The knowledge of our salvation sets us free from the past, gives us faith for the present, and a glorious hope for the future.
Hope for the future gives joy, and faith for the present gives peace.
A joyful heart is one that has experienced God and has accepted the wonderful works of salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord. Joy is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit and therefore it is true to say Joy only comes from the Lord!
(Galatians 5:22) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”
Joy in the Lord results from a continual fellowship with the Holy Spirit. A deeper understanding and the knowledge of our Lord, through His word, leads our hearts to delight in His commands. We are joyful when the Lord by his grace reveals himself to us.
(Luke 2:10-11) “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great Joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord!”
The object of our Joy is Christ Jesus. Christmas season, most of us sing the carol “joy to the world the Lord has come…” indeed it was and still is joy to the world for the coming of our Messiah. It is the echo in our emotions – our hearts – of experiencing Christ as precious and experiencing Christ as reliable.
Therefore, as I conclude:
- Joy can only be experienced.
- A joyful heart is one that has experienced God.
- Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
- The object of our joy is Christ Jesus.