The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

November 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

The joy of the Lord is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10

“Have you ever felt the drain of a negative pessimistic attitude on your energies? You don’t feel like doing anything. When you are excited and happy about doing what needs to be done you are exhausted before you realize you are tired. It is the joy that makes the difference. There is a great strength in joy . . . especially God’s joy.”   Jim Davis

God shows that He is a God of joy by wanting those in the passage of Nehemiah 8 that they need to forget the past and celebrate.  The words were spoken to people whose hearts were grieved after hearing God’s word.  Charles Spurgeon said, “They felt the edge of the law of God like a sword opening up their hearts, tearing, cutting, and killing.”  Once they became aware of their sin and repented God wanted them to celebrate what He had done for them.  In Matthew it is said in another way:  “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

It is a remarkable truth to know that God allows us to enter into His joy.  When we do, despite how difficult life may be or what we may have just come through, God strengthens us with His joy.  Father, grant each of us the joy of your presence that we might be strengthened.

Debbie Erickson ~ Prayer Coordinator

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