Thursday, April 05, 2007


The God who is revealed in the pages of the Bible is a God of joy. He's a loving Father, bursting at the seams, so to speak, in his desire to share his delight with the people he created. "He will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17). Charles Spurgeon adds, "Man was not originally made to mourn; he was made to rejoice."

Joy is something worlds apart from an emotional reaction or a smiley face. Instead, joy is nothing less than the nature of God pumped through our bloodstream. It's a blessed invasion of the Spirit of God deep into my soul. Oswald Chambers puts it like this: "Jesus does not come to a man and say 'Cheer up,' he plants within a man the miracle of the joy of God's own nature."

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