We don’t really think about joy very often, do we? Even we believers don’t realize that joy is a consequence of our salvation!
Joy can be recognized in various forms: happiness, enjoyment, delight, wonderment, elation, or pleasure.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps 16:11) In God’s presence is the knowledge and the experience of joy genuinely felt.
The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! (Ps 21:1) When we consider the blessings and benefits of our salvation, joy should well up within us. Our salvation makes us kings and priests before God! (See Rev 1:6; 5:10)
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Ps 32:11) Our joy should be so powerful that it causes us to want to shout about it, on occasion.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. (Ps 43:4) Our joy will certainly move us to praise and rejoice in the Lord.
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. (Ps 63:4-5) All throughout our lives, as a result of our blessings and our acknowledgement of our salvation, we should savor the utter joy of life.
Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy. (Ps 132:9) We are the “saints” referred to in this verse, and we should cry out in utter astonishment and exultation about the goodness of our salvation.
Begin today to savor the joy of your salvation!