Can I tell you that truly the joy of the Lord is my strength!
This is a Bible verse and a true one. It is also my testimony. And it is also my proclamation of faith.
Let me explain.
In the Bible we read that Nehemiah encouraged the people not to mourn over the words of the law (the warnings, the judgments) but rather to rejoice in the joy of the Lord (His promises, His grace which is greater than all our sin and all our problems). See Nehemiah 8:10
This is my testimony. There are times in my life that I don’t have a constant emotive state of exhilaration, happiness, or excitement. But what I do have is a deep assurance in my heart from the Holy Spirit of God and based on His promises and His character that all will be well in this life and the next. This is the joy of the Lord in me.
This is my proclamation of faith: In the face of trial, adversity, weakness, suffering, heartache, pressure and all the rest of the troubles of this world, I have deep within me a peace and an assurance that God is good and God is able. I have a faith that God will do what is right. I have a deep-seated belief and expectation that God is working all things together for the good of those who seek Him. I have a joy that though at times might be tested by the troubles of this world, is ultimately secured by God’s character, ability and promises.
I rest on the promises of God, with a belief that He is loving, He is true, He is able.
This is the joy of the Lord in my heart. And it truly does bring an abiding sense of peace and puts a smile on my face.
There are times when the emotions seem to come and go, but yet I cling to faith in my God who is able.
And when my faith seems shaken, I ask God for more faith, and He is faithful and always supplies my need.
If you feel unhappy or feel overwhelmed over the situations and circumstances of life, fear not! Call on the one who is able and rest in His arms. His promises will come to pass! Not one word He has spoken will fail! Let this faith, this certainty, this JOY be the strength of your life, this day and evermore!!