Others were expected to rejoice with our Lord over the fact that lost sinners were coming to faith in Him and were “found” in Him. We will begin by surveying the Scriptures in search of evidences of God’s delight and pleasure (His joy). This joy comes from God and is mediated through the Holy Spirit to every Christian. The lost items—a sheep and a coin—were found because the owner who had lost them sought for them. God delights in His people (Psalm 149:4). The joy we have now is not disconnected from the joy to come, but in anticipation of its arrival (1 Peter 1:8). Verse 3: They do not want to think of themselves as citizens who have entered into the kingdom of God in the same way as these tax-gatherers and sinners. The Holy Spirit is the means by which the joy of our Lord, the joy of our Master, is conveyed to the believer. 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). Lest we think joy or “happiness” is an attribute only of the Father and the Son, let me call your attention to these verses which link the joy of the believer with the Holy Spirit: 52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). The Christian finds joy in being freed from guilt, anticipating an eternal reward, having fellowship with God, and being part of God’s work. How will these things be? God the Father takes pleasure in choosing or selecting. 27 Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Finally, we will attempt to show how the “joy of the Lord” can impact the lives of men, especially those who are true believers in Jesus Christ. I always thought of the joy referred to here as the joy which God gives, and so it is. The term “puritan” or “puritanical” is far from a compliment to anyone today, because the Puritans are thought of as a pleasureless people of the past. HOW GREAT OUR JOY Verse1 C F G7 C While by the sheep we watched at night Am Em C F G7 C Glad tidings brought an angel bright Verse2 C F G7 C There shall be born so he did say Am Em C F G7 C In Bethle-hem, a Child to--day Chorus Am E E7 Am How great our joy E7 Am Great our joy Am G C Joy joy joy Am G C Joy joy joy C E7 Bdim E7 Am Praise we the Lord in heaven on high C E7 Bdim E7 … He gives me strength and power, joy. Our God is both joyful and the source of our joy. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Because they do not believe they are sinners, and they do not want God’s grace. He is the source of joy, just as He is the source of love, of truth, of mercy, and so on. There is no joy like that of knowing God and serving Him, no joy like that of knowing that our sins are forgiven and we are right with God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. For the Christian, joy is not an option, for we are commanded to experience and to express joy as Christians: 12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12). 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation (1 Peter 4:13). In the first story, Jesus said there was “joy in heaven” over the one who repented (verse 7). The angel who announced the birth of Jesus Christ to the shepherds said, “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be And, He is the One who will be characterized by joy, a joy which surpasses that of all of His brethren: 6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Years ago, one of my seminary professors called this to our attention when he referred to 1 Timothy 1: 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted (1 Timothy 1:9-11, emphasis mine). In the choir of praises that spans worlds, time, and cultures, there's one voice that sings louder than angels and peoples. The first two slaves were faithful, and their reward was to “enter into the joy” of their master. Q. 6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6). We must imply from these verses that those who are not Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit does not dwell, do not and cannot experience God’s joy. His kingdom will forever be marked with justice and righteousness, peace and prosperity (Isaiah 9:7). 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. And let's announce to the nations that the Savior has come. Jesus told His disciples they would have great joy. They are not in harmony with heaven and, most of all, with God. 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8). It is a joy that will be even greater in heaven, a joy we will enter into in heaven. Tim Hughes and a theologian friend were lamenting the fact there weren’t enough contemporary worship songs about the … The faithful servants were to enter into this joy. No one has more Christmas cheer than God! In Romans 7, Paul did not say the will of God was hard to know; he said that it was impossible to do. If you want to know the will of God, approach the decisions you must make in life by this standard: What pleases God, what gives Him joy, and what grieves God? 2018. 18 But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the ground, and hid his master’s money. 17 In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. Tagged: Ronjour Locke, Christmas, Birth of Christ, Hope, Justice, 4. More recently, he has authored a book entitled, Let The Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Joy. He is described as the One who will “delight in the fear of the Lord” (11:3). Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice (Philippians 1:18). In both stories, something was lost, sought after, and found. Luke tells of the angelic outburst of praise when they announced the birth of the Christ (Luke 2:8-14). If we are God’s children, then we are in tune with the heart and character of God and should thus be characterized by joy as well. Unfortunately, the word “happy” has been redefined and so trivialized in our culture that it is little wonder we hesitate to use it in reference to Christians or to our God. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:36). Sadly, if the truth were known, most people do think of God in terms of a frowning face. The joy of the Lord is my strength The joy of the Lord is my strength In the darkness I’ll dance In the shadows I’ll sing The joy of the Lord is my strength. This parable has much to teach us about Christian service. It is the voice of the Triune God. This particular Psalm of Thanksgiving is for the great deliverance that God had worked out in David’s life. 92 I recommend for your understanding of the Puritans J. I. Packer’s excellent book, A Quest For Godliness, a study of the Puritans which corrects many contemporary misconceptions (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1990). 7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows (Psalm 45:6-7). God is a God of joy, a “happy God,” if you would. “Great joy” at Christmas tells us something profound about God and how he works in our world. And the wicked man had no grasp of God’s joy at all. The lilly of the valley, joy. B. Phillips and a few others render the term “happy.” My professor indicated that one could render the expression in 1 Timothy 1:11, the “happy God,” a suggestion which took me by surprise. Piper says something very important about joy or pleasure. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11). Of course. He is the source of joy, just as He is the source of love, of truth, of mercy, and so on. How grateful we should be for this attribute of our great God. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. And we are very much aware of our contribution to the mess, for sin still plagues our own hearts and lives. Joy I will sing, hallelujah, for there's joy in the Lord, / And He fills my heart with rapture as I rest on His Word; … There’s Music in My Soul (#524) | Daniel S. Warner, 1893 So this Christmas, let’s join our great God in his joy. (Col. 1:24). He has pleasure in those who deal faithfully (Proverbs 12:22). It is true that Jesus judges this man on the basis of his view of his master, but it is nevertheless a wrong perception. The government will rest on his shoulders, and he will have a new name: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). I also recommend Worldly Saints, subtitled “The Puritans As They Really Were,” by Leland Ryken (Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1986). Late in the midnight hour I talk to my God and He gives me joy, joy in my soul. In addition, we see that joy is the motivation for Christian witness and service. 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ 10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:3-10, emphasis mine). 28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ 29 For to everyone who has shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them. But was he not evil in thinking wrongly of his master? oh joy, joy in my soul. 20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy” (John 16:20). The greatest joy is seeing, savoring, sharing in, and showing the glory of God. 10. We must conclude that of these three servants, only the first two were true believers. This slave was wicked because he did not see his master as gracious and (may I be so bold as to say) happy. He cannot understand why he has not been allowed to celebrate. 24 “‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed’” (Matthew 25:24). They do not delight in the Word of God (Jeremiah 6:10). 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Alpha and Omega, joy. 11 Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11). “Zeal” is an intense word. We live in a dark world. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5-7). Why? 25 Days. 244 North Wingate St. | Wake Forest, NC 27587 919-761-2815 | pastorscenter@sebts.edu, ABOUT | ARTICLES | PODCAST | EVENTS | MEDIA GALLERY, Episode 21: Pastors and Pastoring the Hopeless, The Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, John Newton and the Importance of Just Being There, How Preaching the Psalms Counsels the Hurting, Book Review: The Pastor and Counseling, by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju, the center for preaching and pastoral leadership. God gave us a garden in the beginning to prepare us for a garden-city in the end. 2 Samuel 7:12-16). No doubt the angels do rejoice, but this is not the emphasis of the text. Luke 15 is yet another example of the joyful disposition of our God. The scribes and Pharisees could not enter into this joy because they were still lost and did not wish to be found. J. Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. One of the “joys set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2) was the salvation of lost sinners. God, Himself, is the source of our joy Galatians 5:22-23 gives us a list of the fruits of the spirit — and joy is listed there as one of the byproducts of the Holy Spirit living and abiding in us. Verse 2: When I get weak and I can't go on, 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:10). God's great joy Joy, joy Down in my soul Sweet, beautiful, soul saving joy Ohhhhh joy joy in my soul [x3] Ohhhh joy [x4] The master's joy My saviour's joy The lily of the valley joy Alpha and omega joy In the midnight hour joy He gives me strength and power joy No food on the table joy I know that he is able joy I believe Moses was indicating God’s pleasure by repeatedly telling us that God saw His creation to be good. In fact, they are not saved at all. Most certainly not! 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. God will not allow the evils and disorder of our world to last forever. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of the Lord Jesus as being motivated to carry out His work on the cross of Calvary by the joy into which He would enter by His sacrificial atonement: 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Black Coffee. Lack of joy leads to sin. The father of the prodigal once again portrays the joy of the Heavenly Father at the repentance and conversion of lost sinners. For the present, however, we may be safer to use the term joy, a term more frequently used of God and of Christians. He knew what was right, he just did not do it. This time, I am especially interested in why this slave failed to do as he should have done. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials (1 Peter 1:6). For some reason, the “joy of the Lord” seems to be a neglected aspect of God’s nature and character. Christmas is a season of joy. They did not want such folks in “their” kingdom. The joy they would experience was first and foremost His joy, a joy into which they would also enter. (Philip. The third “slave” was cast into outer darkness, a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (verse 30). 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; For more are the children of the desolate Than of the one who has a husband” (Galatians 4:27). 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). 13 Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, And sinners will be converted to Thee (Psalm 51:10-13). God’s joy (at the repentance and salvation of sinners) is contrasted with the sullenness of the scribes and Pharisees and their grumbling over our Lord’s association with tax-gatherers and sinners (15:1-2). Stream songs including "Joy To the World", "Little Drummer Boy (feat. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). He deals with us in grace. Kirk Franklin - Joy Lyrics Chorus: Joy, joy, God's great joy. He is married to his wife, Annie, and they have four children. He is presented as Messiah-King. 10 And again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people” (Romans 15:10). 18 What then? We can fulfill our responsibilities to Him only by His grace. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3). You might think that lacking joy is one of the lesser evils, but this is not the case. It is not the knowing of God’s will, but the doing of it, which is hard. 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks, And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing (Psalm 65:13). 16 Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16). He oozes self-righteousness rather than gratitude and joy, which should characterize a sinner’s response to the grace of God in both his life and the lives of others. 11 Do not cast me away from Thy presence, And do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. 30 And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:14-30, emphasis mine). He knew what was wrong, yet he persisted in doing it. He has given us a King, and he will soon return. Free Sheet Music, Hymn, Piano, Ukulely, tabs For some reason, we seem to seldom think of God as being happy. Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy, joy, down in my soul Sweet beautiful soul saving joy Oh joy, joy in my soul Listen to the music The sound of the angels Come and see the child Who can make you whole Lying in a manger Away from harm and danger Oh, joy, joy in my soul Oh, joy, joy in my soul Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy, joy, down in my soul 4. But the Bible does not speak of God’s will this way. God’s zeal is different; he is intensely passionate for the world to be as it should be—right, just, and at peace. 18 And you too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me (Philippians 2:17-18). “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). The Father seems to have joy in what His hands have made. Such characterization of the Puritans is simply not true.92 Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible leaves no doubt about what pleases and displeases God. He insists that it is not wrong for a Christian to have pleasure or to seek pleasure; it is only wrong to seek pleasure in the wrong place. Luke tells of the angelic outburst of praise when they announced the birth of the Christ (Luke 2:8-14). It is also the joy which God possesses and experiences. Often, when I “create” something in my garage, I find myself going back to it several times in the next few days taking pleasure in what I have made. oh, joy, joy in my soul. He is pleased with lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24). 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it (1 Corinthians 12:26). 20 “He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me” (2 Samuel 22:20). 13 “But now I come to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy made full in themselves” (John 17:13). I now realize this does not say quite enough. God is rejoicing in heaven and in the presence of the angels. Was this slave lazy because he did not work to gain a profit for his master? KJ52)" and more. The book of Psalms is full of joyful statements, often created amid difficult circumstances. Joy, joy, God's great joy, The Related Products tab shows you other products that you may also like, if you like Joy. The Sovereign has not abandoned us to despair. Joy is both a description of God and a description of what He gives. But in this dark world, the light of hope shines. 4:4). He finds no joy in fools (Ecclesiastes 5:4) or in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11). This text indicates that the “joy of Thy salvation” acts as the motivator of our service, not guilt or fear. That will bring us to the end. Great Joy In the City Acts 8:5-8 INTRO. Jesus makes it clear that these two stories are understood as illustrative of His seeking after lost sinners and then rejoicing over their salvation. God has reserved this signal honor for his Son at his second coming. Joy is a term that appears approximately 165 times in the KJV translation, 182 in the NASV, and 218 times in the NIV. We shall next consider the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ, as portrayed in the Old Testament prophecies and in the New Testament. Christian music recording artist, songwriter and musician, Joy Holden, has announced the release of her highly anticipated deluxe album, Broken to Beautiful. Author John Piper has recently taken up the theme of pleasure in a refreshing way which I recommend to the reader. God takes great pleasure and finds great joy in His creations, including the new creation of believers in Jesus Christ. Let's celebrate the coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord. The presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit produces joy in the life of the Christian. We have a message of spectacular rescue: the love of God has rescued us from the wrath of God. The term employed could be used in this sense, and biblical theology does not prohibit it. Yet I believe we should redefine and seek to reclaim the term. He is a God of wrath who is angry toward sinners. Do these words not indicate that their master was joyful and that these slaves were blessed by entering into his joy with him? God spoke of Israel’s sin as being evident by her lack of joy: 45 “So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the Lord your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. He delights in the “sons” whom He disciplines (Proverbs 3:12; see Hebrews 12:3-13). 20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Like the wicked slave of Matthew 25, they are unbelievers, who think badly of the Master and who have no share in His kingdom or in His joy. Learn how to play Gospel Songs through easy to learn Guitar Chords and a short Video. 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). It is also the joy which God possesses and experiences. Isaiah answers, “The zeal of the LORD of Armies will accomplish this.”. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable which has much to teach us about joy. The father rejoices and calls for a time of celebration and rejoicing. The Masters joy. Does the older brother rejoice that the lost son has returned? The wicked slave feared his master, but rather than prompting him to serve his master, his fear produced just the opposite response. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend his writings as a source of edification and a stimulus to the pursuit of joy. And, conversely, sin leads to a lack of joy: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. My Saviors joy. Joy is both a description of God and a description of what He gives. “The joy of the Lord” should characterize our service and our worship. I must confess I have never been big on the “smiley face” found on bumper stickers and personal letters. Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. “joy.” is single by American Christian-pop duo for KING & COUNTRY. Although happiness and joy can be present at the same time, happiness is based on material things or events, such as when a person is given a gift, graduates from college or celebrates a birthday. Our duty should be our delight. He holds me and the Lord keeps me; oh, joy, joy in my soul. 1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. The blessings of the master and his slaves are summed up by the word “joy.”. God is not a cruel master, who expects us to gain a profit where He has given us no provision. How many of us have this same distorted view of God as a grouchy, demanding slave master rather than a joyful master into whose joy we too may enter? God likewise took pleasure in making David king over Israel and then in rescuing him from danger. As one looks through many of the works on the attributes of God, the topic of the “joy of the Lord” is not often found. When men sin, God’s joy turns to sorrow: 5 The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The master was (or would be) joyful, and his faithful slaves would enter into this joy as well. So many non-Christians seem to think that becoming a Christian spells the end of pleasure and the commencement of a dull and joyless life. God is also a God who finds great pleasure in His creatures and creation. God gave a first covenant to surpass it with a second. Piper sometimes tends to contrast pleasure or joy with duty, when the two should be viewed together. German Carol Chords - How Great Our Joy Lyrics & Chords. 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