Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Joy of the Lord!

During my teenage years we lived near Penn State University and my parents were involved in ministry with students.  This meant that most of my friends were college students and I spent many hours per week in either church or Bible study. 

I will never forget one of the young men I met during those years.  His name was Ted.  He walked around with what appeared to be a frown on his face all of the time.  Although apparently his demeanor was not reflective of what was in his heart.  One evening he shared in our Bible Study that he had the "Joy of the Lord".  This was stated as if he was asking someone to pass the peas... and his face said that he didn't like peas

We often laugh and remember this statement of Ted's.
Truth be told, I am sure he was experiencing
the Joy of the Lord in his own "Ted" way.  
It just seemed that someone forgot to tell his face.

Do you have the "Joy of the Lord"?
Does it show?

Joy is different than happiness,
although I think sometimes it shows up
as happiness.
It is hard to define, if you ask me.
But if you have it, you'll know it.

Being content and at peace with whatever
God is doing in our lives. 
It seems to be a byproduct of Faith.
Some of us are looking a bit harder to find
the Joy but it is definitely there.
Joy bubbles up and out of the heart in
songs of thanksgiving and praise.
It is the knowledge of the work 
of God in and through us!

When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul.
Psalm 94:19

They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 35:10

Shout for joy, O heavens; 
rejoice, O earth; 
burst into song, O mountains!
For the LORD comforts his people
and will have compassion
on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 49:13

You will go out in joy 
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills 
will burst into song before you, 
and all the trees of the field 
will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12


jAne said...

what a wonderfully encouraging post. thank you!!!

Gayla said...

How funny and so true. I have been experiencing a "pass the peas" season... I need to bring on the joy! Thanks for a GREAT POST!

Elena said...

I love this post. My joy is knowing the Lord and my hubby and Mary girl!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Wonderful post Becky. It is so true. The joy of the Lord is our strength. I love that word! It's the middle name of one of my girls.