Psalm 4 – Joy

You have given me greater joy thank those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.

Psalm 4:7, New Living Translation

I often struggle with idea of joy. What really is it? I know it’s a bit like happiness but I also know there’s so much more to it than that. According to dictionary.com; Joy means “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation”

However, I prefer John Piper’s description in this article: “Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.”

So when we think and reflect on this psalm and King David’s words that God has given him greater joy, we know that what he means is that he is seeing the beauty of God, and even though he hasn’t come to earth yet, Christ, all around him even more than those who live in abundance in an earthly sense.

I think that joy also comes from submitting to the will of God. When we know that God is ultimately in control of our lives. That we have handed over the controls and know, with complete confidence, that when all is said and done everything is going to work out exactly as it should for us and choosing to praise and worship God even when it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. I believe this only comes through the intervention of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.

Prayer

Thank you God that you are give us joy. I invite you to take control of my life. Please help me to trust your way more than mine! Amen.

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