When I was introduced to the joy of the Lord, I had to pause and wonder if what I was experiencing was real. It was like being in a dream but I was living that dream and everything about it was better than life but it was part of my life. I can’t explain it well. All I can say is that it is out of this world and it is typical of Jesus. He is a joyful Lord. He is so happy and so full of joy all the time. I used to see Him as a stern and somber God. I was extremely mistaken. He is the king of light and He is a true Sunshine. His presence brings warmth and love and the joy that stems from them is incredible. When Jesus steps into the room, everything falls into place and joy radiates. I was in a dark room for a long time but when He stepped inside my sad space, everything changed and His joy touched my heart. I wasn’t used to it. I had seen it in other people’s lives at church and it made me feel uncomfortable. What was up with those happy people? Why were they so smiley and so friendly? Once I got the joy bug, I became one of them and it was very natural. The Lord’s nature was gently pushed into me and it became part of my spiritual system. My spiritual DNA was rerouted and it pointed towards a new and better direction. When the joy of the Lord comes upon you, you can’t help but think of Jesus. You know it is coming from Him and you just want to lift Him up. His joy is so intense and powerful that you want to share it and to go around and distribute it.
How did the joy of the Lord first come into my life? It happened when I was in college praying in my bedroom. I was praising the Lord and I felt overwhelmed by peace and then joy came. It was very powerful. I smiled and laughed for no reason. I remember not thinking of my problems in that moment the way I used to. Nothing seemed impossible. Everything was just good and excellent. That joy was boiling in my spirit and making me feel amazing. It was on the inside and I felt it on the outside. It seemed that I was being touched by God and just a simple touch produced a lifetime supply of His wonderful joy. Prayer and praise time was by far the best time of the day and it was my refuge. I started the day with the joy of the Lord and it helped me get through the day. I ended the day with His joy and it allowed me to cleanse myself from all the negativity that had tried to get into my mind and my spirit during the day. Where the Lord is, there is joy. I want to encourage you to tap into the joy of the Lord. The joy of the world is temporary but the joy of the Lord is eternal. It doesn’t mean that you are going to be floating on cloud 9 all the time. It means that when you need it and sometimes when you don’t expect it, His joy is going to save the day and brighten your life in ways you never thought possible.
I had known happiness even though it wasn’t a permanent resident at my house. I knew what it felt like and how good it was. Encountering the Lord and His joy was way better than happiness. His joy is based on Him. It has nothing to do with our circumstances or with some good news we receive. It is from Him. It is Him. Jesus is the joy the world needs. Jesus is the joy that can be your strength if you let it be part of your life. You need to get into His joy circle and spend time in there. Then you will experience joy on a regular basis. Joy will not be a visitor in transit but it will be an inhabitant of your life. I still pray and praise the Lord daily. It has become a powerful habit that yields powerful results. I wish I could pray and praise all day but I can’t. What I can do is insert prayer and praise into my day and joy shows up. When the joy of the Lord gets ahold of you, faith reaches new levels. His joy is like a mountain whose top you can’t see and you just rejoice over the fact that it seems endless and it is abundant. God’s joy can erupt like a volcano and burn the misery and the fears that are in the dark valleys. His joy can come into your darkest moments and give you the strength and the ability to make it with flying colors. The joy of the Lord is very powerful and it is available to you today. Praise the Lord. Get into joy mode. It doesn’t matter how you feel. Take a few steps towards joy and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. The joy of the Lord is your strength and it is invincible. Stay in the Lord and you will be joyful!
Suggested reading: Psalm 47:1; Nehemiah 8:10; 1 Peter 1:8-9