Faith-Filled Fridays is when we highlight either devotionals, victories, persecutions of the saints, or other aspects of the Christian faith.
Without further ado, here is a short devotional from Pastor Chuck Missler on the joy of the Lord:
The Joy Of The Lord:
In Nehemiah 8, the book of the law was read out loud and explained to all the people, and they wept for sorrow. Nehemiah and the Levites told the people not to grieve and be sorry. For, as Nehemiah said in verse 10, “the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
We often get caught up in the sorrows and difficulties of life. We allow ourselves to be discouraged with world struggles and our own personal failures. Yet, as Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but “of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Love, joy, and peace are the first in the list of the fruit of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22).
Repeatedly in the Psalms, David encourages us to rejoice and make joyful noises to the Lord. Why? Because God wants to hear the noise? No, we sing because God is good! He delivers us from our enemies and He takes care of us! We rejoice because there is mercy in this world, and God Himself has saved us and made us victors. He makes us able to overcome, and through Him we can do all things. We rejoice, regardless of our circumstances, because Christ has already won.
Sometimes, in the middle of the floods and fires, it is precious to stop and smile up at the King of the Universe and enjoy His great goodness. He still holds the whole world in His hands, and He rejoices when we set aside our fears and just delight in Him.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” – 1Chronicles 16:31-34