Psalm 126:1-3, 5-6
When the Lord restored the captives of Zion,
we thought we were dreaming.
Then our mouths were filled with laughter;
our tongues sang for joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord had done great things for them.”
Those who sow in tears
will reap with cries of joy.
Those who go forth weeping,
carrying sacks of seed,
Will return with cries of joy,
carrying their bundled sheaves.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Brothers and sisters:
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Joy is not happiness. Joy is not based upon whether things are going well or not. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a great success or a very beautiful or wonderful experience — or not.
St. Paul tells us joy is one of the fruits or the results of having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (1 Thess 1:6; Rom 14:17). Which is why we can be joyful even in the midst of great trials and suffering.
Joy even helped our Lord Jesus Christ endure the cross: “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).
So be joyful! Praise the Lord, and let your heart burst with joy!
May the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!