By Stephanie Montague
Have you ever had joy in the midst of difficulties?
As we travel life we often equate joy with happiness. The words joy and happiness seem interchangeable. They do share common traits but joy is defined as the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. From a gospel standpoint, joy is something not based on circumstances. It is something given to us by God. It is an immoveable substance that is yours and mine alone.
Psalms 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
This is a beautiful passage. You may think God doesn’t make known the path of life. But right after the opening, the word goes on to say that the path of life is in His presence. And, in His presence there is fullness of joy.
I recall verses to a song that says, “When the praises go up…the blessing come down.”
Worship brings us into the presence of God. We may look at the difficult things and wonder how it’s going to work out for us. But just knowing that God has an expected end for us that in our favor is truly something to praise Him about daily.
Psalms 42:11 (NIV) says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Let’s put our hope in God and enter His presence, that joyful place, with praise on our lips knowing that His is ever faithful and is interceding on our behalf.
If you haven’t already, please download a Bible Promise app or simply search scriptures on joy, praise, worship, and meditation.
When things arise it feels like even your joy is taken but we now know it ours and it’s in presence…enter in and be filled.
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