The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Let me take a moment to boast about how HIS joy is MY strength. His joy is able to carry me through many days…. Blah days, nerve raking situations, depressing events, and good times. His joy keeps me constant. When I feel waves of sadness rush over me, I am able to tell my emotions to settle and trust that God has the matter in his hands. That’s his joy. It means that no matter what the situation is, we can have peace and rejoice. Imagine being joyful (glad) in the midst of sadness? That takes real strength.
I must emphasise that his joy MUST be a daily requirement for us all. Today, I saw person 1 (whether intentionally/unintentionally) steal person 2’s joy. And as I watched the interaction play out before my eyes, I found myself praying for the strength of person 2. Hence, I say this: his joy is OUR strength. Our ‘joy’ is only mere happiness that comes from being in a pleasing situation or receiving delightful news. It’s limited to what were are doing and if we are enjoying it. That means when something changes in a way we did not happily anticipate or someone does/says something upsetting, our ‘joy’ will fade away into sadness/anger. Just like it did with person 2 today.
However, God’s joy is continuous and powerful. Once we hold on to it, there is nothing that can be said or done that will get us to be unhappy, confused, depressed, or even angry. His joy helps us to “roll with the punches”. Of course it’s not easy, but it gets easier every time we choose trusting God over worrying.
And as I reflect on my day and how God kept me in a constant mood of joyfulness, I have to thank him. I was not always like this. In fact, the slightest unexpected negative thing would knock me off my feet and render me depressed. But God took me through a process and refined me. He showed me that if I put my trust in him and what his will is, then ALL THINGS WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR MY GOOD. I can have strength knowing that THIS TOO SHALL PASS. And knowing those and trusting in him/his word is enough to maintain my peace of mind and joyful heart in any situations
Take a listen to this song, “You Are My Strength“, Miranda Curtis’s version is my fav.