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Joy

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Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.  Isaiah 12:3

שָׂשׂוֹן

sasown

cheerfulness; specifically, welcome:—gladness, joy, mirth, rejoicing

Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.  NASB

Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance.  NET

The same Hebrew word is used here for joy:

Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
O LORD God of hosts.  Jeremiah 15:16

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“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  John 15:11

In Greek, joy is…

χαρά

chara

cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight:—gladness, greatly, (X be exceeding) joy(-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous)

“Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”  John 16:22

 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.  NIV

The same Greek word for joy is used many times over in the New Testament.  Here are two verses:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

 

The dictionary.com definition of joy:

noun
1.  the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

2.  a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated

3.  the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety

4.  a state of happiness or felicity  [verb (used without object)]

5.  to feel joy; be glad; rejoice [verb (used with object)]

6.  Obsolete. to gladden.

 

Walking in the Spirit, with the Lord, in obedience…the fruit of the Spirit grows on the branches of our lives.  We walk more and more in the image of Christ as we come in contact with the world around us.  Joy is one of those fruits and it can surely show on the outside.  The fruit also grows within us, opening our hearts to be more and more like Christ.  The fruit overcomes the hard roads we walk or the roads which loom ahead.  Joy can bring smiles when circumstances might take us down to heavy places.  Joy can overwhelm the dull.  Joy can depress the depression.  Joy can be the joy of the Lord in our lives.

Father, You are my Joy that lightens my load, lifts my burden, relieves my stress, changes my sorrow into joy.  You bring me near to Your side that I will know Joy, the Joy that You are.  You are my Salvation, my delight, my exceptional satisfaction because You are You, my LORD.  May I rely on You and know Your Joy so that my joy may be complete.  In Your Son’s Name, I pray.  Amen.

 

“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

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