God wants us full of joy. In His presence there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). When we have a need He tells us to ask and receive, that our joy may be full (Jn. 16:23-24).
These are the days of the new and better covenant based on better promises. Thus, these are days of extravagant asking so that we may experience extravagant joy from having our needs fully met and desires granted.
The Word of God speaks of joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Pet. 1:8) that begin with believing and rejoicing in the One we have not seen but whom we know is real. That in itself should cause great rejoicing.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing…” (Rom. 15:13). There is joy and peace in believing! The reality of the Lord, who is the eternal life, enriches our fellowship with Him and with one another leading to a fullness of joy in each of us who have believed (1 Jn. 1:1-4).
Under this new and better covenant we can now with unveiled face behold the glory of the Lord and be gradually changed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18), from one degree of glory to another. We are to maintain the glow of His glory that comes from a Spirit-filled life through our communion with God. Hallelujah!
The Bible speaks of the oil of joy or gladness that Jesus was anointed with (Heb. 1:9). He was the outshining of His Father just as we now are. The joy of the Lord oils our countenance. In Ex. 34:29-35 we see that Moses’ face shone with the emanating rays of God’s glory that came from his time communing with God on Mount Sinai.
One of the elements that peaked my interest in the gospel was the outshining of the person’s countenance that led me to Jesus. Then when I got saved and filled with the Holy Ghost a college friend of mine witnessed this same element in my life. “Man, it’s obvious you’re different now. Your face shines!” he said.
Not only does the Lord want our joy and rejoicing to be full, and to shine with the oil of His presence, but He wants us to walk in strength, power, and victory.
The psalmist said, “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil” (Ps. 92:10). The word horn symbolizes strength as in the strength of an ox or other horned animals. The Bible says that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Neh. 8:10).
The Hebrew writers and speakers referred to a person’s horn being exalted (Ps. 89:24; 112:9; 148:14). The horn also symbolizes power and victory. The “breaking of the horn” also portrayed defeat and the removal of God’s presence and protection.
“In fierce anger He has cut off and destroyed every horn of Israel. He has withdrawn His right hand from the presence of the enemy” (Lam. 2:3 Amp.).
Some might argue and say, “life can’t always be happy – that’s living in fantasy land! People go through hard stuff that life throws at them and it’s not always fair.” True. But we must understand that happiness and joy are two different things. Happiness is based on circumstances, which are always changing, but joy is based on the Lord who never changes. Happiness comes from the outside, but joy comes from within.
Jesus told us to be of good cheer (joyful) even in the midst of tribulations. How can we do that? By keeping our focus on Him who has overcome the world. Jesus!!!
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
Scripture also admonishes us that even in our trials we are to “count it all joy” so that our faith can work patience in us and maturity (Jam. 1:2-4).
Joy, joy, joy! It is one of the great manifestations and fruits of the kingdom of God.
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).
While ministering this weekend many utterances were brought forth by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. This one has sat in the forefront of my heart since I heard it and still resonates in me.
The joy of the Lord accelerates Holy Ghost activity. Not only does the Lord fill us with joy, but He responds to joy. He responds to the laugh of faith. He responds to praise. He responds to rejoicing, especially in the midst of trials and persecution as Paul and Silas experienced in the prison (Acts 16:25).
When you sing, dance, and rejoice you loose God’s hand to move on your behalf. You accelerate divine activity in your life. So instead of grumbling and complaining at the next negative report you hear, or the hardship that life’s circumstances may throw at you, lift up your voice and make a choice to rejoice and watch God come on the scene.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.