Day 7: What is Joy?

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.

God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.

Have you ever been to a concert or sporting event and witnessed what happens when the band or team first enters the stadium? Loud cheers, claps, shouts and the like. The arena fills with joy as the ones the crowd has been waiting for arrive.

Joy can be defined as: “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.” Exceptionally good or satisfying. As we seek to grow the fruit of joy in our lives we need to consider what is the most good and most satisfying in order to have the most joy in our lives.

In this Psalm by the sons of Korah we find all kinds of amazing words to describe God – Lord, Most High, awesome, King, subduer, love, reign, exalted, and the like. The Psalmist declares that God is above all else. If God is above all then he must be the most good and the most satisfying. If this is true how do we get a sense of joy in our lives? If we follow what is happening in this Psalm we do so by bringing praise to God, by understanding our perspective before him and understanding his presence and power in our lives and the world. Over this week you are going to spend some time discovering how to get joy, even in trials, and to find a joy-filled life through a changed perspective.

Spend some time today reflecting on the words used to describe God in this Psalm.

In what areas of your life do you need joy?
Can anything about the character of God help bring you joy in that area?

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would begin to open my eyes to see things in a new way. I pray that I would look to you for what is good and what is satisfying. I pray that as I seek you I would be filled with your joy in my soul. Amen.

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