There is happiness and then there is
To feel gladness, delight.
Joy in the Lord is something that bubbles up within us, even in hard circumstances and trials. It is what carries us though the daily grind of life.
We can loose our joy, but we can always find it again.
As David says in this Psalm – Its in God’s Presence – Where we can sing with JOY
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Lord, you are my safe place.
Not one good thing I have compares to You.
I am delighted that I’m not alone and there are other people trying to live a life set apart to You
I see those who run after other gods – that will never be me.
Lord, You and You alone are my supply – You make me secure.
I know that the boundaries you place in my life are for my good.
I have a delightful inheritance in You.
I praise You Lord that You are always teaching and instructing me, day and night.
Help me to learn quickly and keep my eyes fixed on You.
With You beside me – I will not be shaken.
My heart sings with joy and I rest secure in You, Lord.
I know that you will not abandon me, You do not allow Your faithful children to fall into a life of decay.
You show me the path for my life – all the while filling me with Your joy for all eternity. –Amen