What are the reasons we can have inexpressible joy today?
First of all, as the psalmist knew, God himself is a primary source of our joy. The psalmist reveals his aching desire to “go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy” (Psalm 43:4) A literal translation of this reference to God reads “to the God of the joy of my rejoicing.”
Do you think of God as your “exceeding joy” or the “joy of your rejoicing.” Do you turn to Him, who lives in your heart, for joy? God-the only Source of true joy-wants to give you His joy. You need only to turn to Him to receive it.
Second, God’s salvation is a great reason for joy. I’m sure you’ve noticed that when people explain how they became Christians, they can’t help but tell their story joyfully! Isaiah, for instance, could not contain his joy when he thought about all that God had done for Him, (Isaiah 61:10). Because of the great price God paid to obtain our salvation through His Son’s death, we are wise to regularly reflect on our salvation and what that means.
Third, God’s promises are another cause for great joy- and His promises are many. God’s promises to us are a bottomless reservoir of joy which you and I can draw from at any moment by simply opening His Word and believing His promises. It’s even better if you’ve memorized some of those promises and hidden them in your heart.
Fourth, Christ’s Kingdom is a reason for us to have joy in our lives. The fact that we who name Jesus as our Savior and Lord have been welcomed into his kingdom brings great joy to the angels (Luke 15:10) and the news of souls coming to Christ should evoke joy in us as well. Such joy characterized the young church in Acts, where Paul and Barnabas went from town to town bringing great joy to all the brethren. (Acts 15:3)
Finally, as we meet the challenges of life and deal with the pain that comes our way, our future in Christ should also bring us joy. Psalms 16:11 describes what that future will be like in the presence of God: “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” Revelations 21:4 says there will be no more mourning or crying or pain.
Clearly the joy of the Lord is available to us twenty-four hours-a-day, every day, whatever we are dealing with.
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George