The Power of Joy

Our joy brings us into the presence of God.  David in the Psalms expresses this, let’s
look at Psalms 5:11-12 which says “but let all those that put their trust in You rejoice,
let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let them also that love Your
name be joyful in You.  For You, Lord Yahweh, will bless the righteous; with favor will
You compass him as with a shield”.  In Psalms 9:1-4 David says “I will praise You, O
Lord Yahweh with my whole heart; I will show forth all Your marvelous work.  I will be
glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name O You Most High.  When my
enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.  For You have
maintained my right and my cause; You sat in the throne judging right”.  Psalms 16:8-
11 says “I have set the Lord Yahweh always before me, because He is at my right
hand, I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my
flesh also shall rest in hope.  For You will not leave my soul in hell; neither will You
allow Your Holy One to see corruption.  You will show me the path of life; in Your
presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures for ever more”.  
Psalms 28:7 says “the Lord Yahweh is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I
praise Him”.  Psalms 32:10-11 says “many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that
trusts in the Lord Yahweh, mercy shall compass him about.  Be glad in the Lord
Yahweh and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you that are upright in
heart”.  Psalms 35:9 says “and my soul shall be joyful in the Lord Yahweh; it shall
rejoice in His salvation”.

The salvation of God is enough for us to be joyful for, forever.  Ephesians 2:1-10
shows our journey from sinner to saint; it says “and you has He quickened (made
alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins.  Wherein in time past you walked
according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air
(the devil), the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.  Among whom
also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even
as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy for His great love wherewith He loved us.  
Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, by grace you
are saved.  And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus.  That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches
of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are you
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.  Not of works, less
any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good
works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them”.  God provided
for our redemption through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; so lets
be joyful, because in reading the end of the Bible we see that we win.

The writer of Psalms 89:15-18 says “blessed is the people that know the joyful sound,
they shall walk, O Lord Yahweh in the light of Your countenance.  In Your name shall
they rejoice all the day; and in Your righteousness shall they be exalted.  For You are
the glory of their strength; and in Your favor our horn shall be exalted.  For the Lord
Yahweh is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our King”.

Psalms 100 shows us that we can come into His presence; it says “make a joyful noise
to the Lord Yahweh all you lands.  Serve the Lord Yahweh with gladness; come
before His presence with singing.  Know you that the Lord Yahweh He is God; it is He
that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His
pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be
thankful to Him, and bless His name.  For the Lord Yahweh is good; His mercy is
everlasting and His truth endures to all generations”.

Jeremiah says “Your words were found and I did eat them; and Your word was to me
the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord Yahweh God
of hosts”.

The angels that appeared to announce the birth of the Savior, spoke to the
shepherds “and, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said to them, fear
not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior; which is Christ the Lord.  And this
shall be a sign to you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a
manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying.  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will
toward men” (Luke 2:9-14).

Jesus told us that it is for us to know the things of the kingdom of God.  He explains
the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:19-23) “when any one hears the word of the
kingdom; and understands it not, then comes the wicked one (the devil) and catches
away that which was sown in his heart.  This is he which received seed by the
wayside.  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears
the word, and immediately with joy receives it.  Yet has he not root in himself, but
endures for a while; for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by
and by, he is offended.  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears
the word and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word,
and he becomes unfruitful.  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that
hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty”.

Jesus gives us His joy, so that our joy may be full (John 15:11) “these things have I
spoken to you that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”.  Jesus
then tells us to ask the Father in His name, and we will receive, that our joy will be full
(John 16:22-24).

We should be joyful because God has grafted us into His kingdom (Romans 15:9-13)
“and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, for this cause I
will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.  And again He says,
rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people.  And again, praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and laud Him, all you people.  And again Isaiah says, there shall be a root of Jesse,
and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in Him shall the Gentiles trust.  Now
the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in
hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”.

The apostle Paul goes on to tell us that “for the kingdom of God is not meat and
drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
long sufferance, gentleness, goodness, faith”; and as we stay connected these fruit
will develop in our lives.

Philippians 4:4-7 says “rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice.  Let your
moderation be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing, but in
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing
give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.

The apostle James writes “my brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers
temptations.  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.  But let
patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”.

One may ask, how can we be joyful when things are in the natural falling apart?  The
answer is that we can rejoice because our names are written in the Lamb’s book of
life.  And also if we need wisdom to come out of any situation, we can ask God and He
will give it to us.  There is a word of God, that can answer any problem we can have.

The apostle Peter writes “wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season; if
need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations.  That the trial of your
faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire,
might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  
Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see Him not, yet
believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Receiving the end of
your faith, even the salvation of your souls”.

We have to remember that the joy of the Lord Yahweh is our strength.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: September 16, 2011
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