Joy.

April 20, 2009

“Joy is a sweet attitude in response to God’s sovereignty. Joy says, I’m going to let my disposition be rooted in truth that’s in heaven and in the word of God, not necessarily in what’s happening around me.  Joy is not always a feeling.  Sometimes, joy is a confidence.  Sometimes, joy is a persuasion.
(Rick Holland)

Joy remembers who God is.  Joy remembers that He is sovereign over nature, over circumstances in our lives, over the duration of circumstances in our lives, and even over the king’s heart.  And joy is the cheerful submission to His sovereignty.  Joy is the sweetness of spirit that bows before His sometimes heavy hand.

Joy remembers that God’s Word stands (and sustains) even when everything else may fall and be destroyed.

And though it is heartfelt, joy is not merely an emotion.  An emotion can be a response, but a response does not always have to be an emotion.  Joy isn’t limited to the bounds of feeling.  Joy is not elusive; it is kept by truth.

Joy is the belief and deep-seated conviction that God is sovereign, that God is good, and that God is Abba.  Joy is confidence in Him, being persuaded that He is able and willing and delighting to do what He promised.  Joy is the confident response to the character of God.

He’s good to give us Himself as the anchor to our joy — immutable, eternal, holy.

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5 Responses to “Joy.”

  1. cathiekimn Says:

    thanks le-tia. :] haha, how funny… i’m currently listening to a song called “joyfully” by kari jobe. loved this:

    “joy is the sweetness of spirit that bows before His sometimes heavy hand.”

    and this:

    “joy is confidence in Him, being persuaded that He is able and willing and delighting to do what He promised.”

    and boy, do i need persuasion sometimes…

  2. letitia Says:

    cathieee: i’ve never heard that song. but 99 cents on itunes just might do the trick ;] can’t wait to see you in white … in less than 2 months!!

  3. dennarr Says:

    Tia, thanks! I think sometimes we equate JOY in the purely visual sense of someone jumping up and down…

    It brought to mind James 1:2. Note from my ESV Study Bible:

    “…joy—not meaning mere worldly, temporal happiness, but rather spiritual, enduring, “complete joy” in the Lord who is sovereign over all things, including trials.”

    AMEN!

  4. letitia Says:

    dennis: thanks for sharing that! and the esv study bible rocks … i’ve been using the free 30-day online trial one.

  5. shamslayer Says:

    He is my joy ~ what would I do without Him?!


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