“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”
Clearly this states that the joy of our Lord is our strength, but how so? And how can we obtain this joy? If we look at some of the Psalms, we can find much rejoicing. David was a man constantly threatened with death and betrayal, yet he speaks often about finding joy in taking refuge in, and trusting, God. “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11).
Devotion to and trust in God to work out his will in your life leads utmostly to joy. And that joy is our strength. When I’m happy, I sing. When I’m happy, I can’t help but smile. But when the Holy Spirit fills me with joy in knowing that I am loved, forgiven, chosen, and saved, I feel undefeatable and I have the strength to battle whatever comes my way. So rejoice in your salvation, rejoice in thankfulness, sing his praises, and trust God.
And if ever you find trusting in the Lord a struggle, don’t give up. Don’t turn away in shame. His love is consistent. Simply, pray for faith in all he is because “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
Verses to reflect on:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (Psalm 95:1-2).
“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
and delight in his salvation” (Psalm 35:9).