FULL OF JOY

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“Always be full of Joy in the Lord. Again I say, “Rejoice!”~ Philippians 4:4

“…let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy! Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to Him who rides upon the clouds; His name is the Lord, exult before Him!” ~ Psalm 68:3,4

We all want to be happy – and most of us want happiness for others.

Happiness can come from a variety of happenings. We gain happiness from doing something well. We can study and obtain knowledge. We can create. We may become proficient with a musical or artistic talent. 

And happiness can also come from our relationships with other people. Can we be happy alone? Maybe. If you are in a situation where others are mistreating you, it might make you happier to be alone.

And what if we are still not ‘happy’?

JOY DOESN’T DEPEND ON ‘HAPPENINGS’

Thank Goodness, Joy comes from within, when we are at one with the Lord. In HIM we are never alone. 

“Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” ~Matt 28:20

We have God’s promise of true joy forever in His presence! 

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. ~Ps. 16:11

“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” ~John 14:20.

RELIGION OR RELATIONSHIP?

Having a religion is one thing. Having a relationship with the Lord is entirely different.

It’s one thing to assert to his existence. But it’s another to KNOW Him. We can believe Elvis existed and may have even seen him in concert. But if we had actually met him, ate and shared time with him every day, then we would be able to say we truly ‘knew’ him. 

As we come into true belief and faith in God, we can know Him personally and find joy beyond happiness as we commune with him each day in prayer and fellowship.

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”~Ps. 16:11

WHAT DOES GOD WANT FOR US?

His desire is that we might have joy, and that our joy may be FULL.

“There are many who say, O that we might see some good! Lift up the light of thy countenance upon us O Lord! Thou hast put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Psalm 4:6,7

We may study God’s word and ponder Him in thought. In prayer we grow in grace and receive His spirit into our hearts. And as we walk with Him each day we are transformed.  Nothing can substitute for a personal encounter with the Savior. Knowing Jesus brings Joy that can never be experienced by outward religious observance alone. 

Rejoice! Jesus said: “These things I have spoken unto you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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