“…and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my
heart; for I am called by thy name O Lord God of hosts.”
As Christians in the age we live in let us remember “..the joy
of the Lord is our strength. Though sorrow and trails are part
of life this side of heaven. We are to be a joyful children. Why?
We are the redeemed of the Lord. United to Christ by faith.
A 1800’s English preacher has written it better than I can.
“The religion of Christ is the religion of Joy. Christ came to take
away our sins, to roll of our curse, to unbind our chains, to open
our prison house, to cancel our debt; in a word, to give us the
oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness. Is not this joy? Where can we find a joy so real, so
deep, so pure, so lasting? There is every element of joy- deep,
ecstatic, satisfying, sanctifying joy- in the gospel of Christ. The
believer in Jesus is essentially a happy man. The child of God is,
from necessity, a joyful man. His sins are forgiven, his soul is
justified, his person is adopted, his trials are blessings, his con-
filicts are victories, his death is immortality, his future is a heaven
of inconceivable, un thought-of, untold, and endless blessedness.
With such a God, such a savior, and such a hope, is he not, ought
he not, to be a joyful man?” Octaviius Winslow
The answer is Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Let Apostle Pauls words speak to
us in 2012 Let His joy be fulfilled in our hearts. “Rejoice in the
Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Let us praise and thank
Jesus for the joy he has given us.