An Exceeding Joy

Spending time with someone you love is almost always a pleasurable thing to do. Do you remember being little and having that favorite friend you always had fun with? I mean, you had fun even if you were just sitting on the floor doing nothing. Even now, I am sure there are people who you want to be around, simply because it makes you happy to be with them. Well, if we get to know God, we will find that time with Him gives us the greatest pleasure of all.

When we spend time with God, we will find our greatest pleasure from fellowship with Him. But here’s the thing, we never have to stop enjoying our friendship. Think back to your childhood friend, there was always a time when you had to come inside, or do your homework, or something. God is everywhere, and we can keep our fellowship with Him wherever we go.

Christians, I would challenge you, seek to have that intimate relationship with Christ. Get close to Him. Learn to delight in the God who saved you. When we learn to delight in God, we will seek Him as David did. Think about David’s heart as is shown in this verse,

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" – Psalm 63:1

In Psalm 43:4 the psalmist calls God his exceeding joy.
"Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God."

Is God your exceeding joy?

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Joy: God’s Provision- Our Strength

Can you honestly say that you have joy in your life? There are many Christians who try to do good, and work to have right attitudes, but honestly, they are miserable. They are doing right things, but they aren’t enjoying life. God wants us to have joy. He wants us to enjoy life. He wants us to delight in serving Him.

In Galatians 5:22, joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit. If the Spirit is active in our life we will have joy. Joy is more than just being happy. Joy is a persistent attitude in our life despite our circumstances. In Nehemiah 8:10, we are told that, "The joy of the LORD is your strength." If we are cast down in our souls then we are living in weakness. The joy of the Lord is our strength. That is joy that comes from the Lord. We must be in fellowship with Him to receive His joy.

If you find yourself absolutely dejected, if you find yourself regularly dreading certain parts of your day or week, then I would challenge you to examine your walk with God.

Are you allowing the Spirit of God to work in your heart? Are you dwelling in God’s presence? Or have you forgotten to live in remembrance of your Father above? If you have been living in anything less than God’s joy, I would encourage you to ask God to help you. It doesn’t matter what your life looks like. What matters is how much you have been communing with the God who died to save you.

When your relationship with God is right, you can rejoice despite your circumstances like Habakkuk did when he said,

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit bein the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." – Habakkuk 3:17-18