The Hebrew word can be translated as either “zeal” or “jealousy.” There is certainly a bad kind of zeal. We shall next consider the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ, as portrayed in the Old Testament prophecies and in the New Testament. According to the prophet Isaiah, the promised Messiah is the One in whom the Father delights (42:1). Tim Hughes and a theologian friend were lamenting the fact there weren’t enough contemporary worship songs about the … He is described as the One who will “delight in the fear of the Lord” (11:3). 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). 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. 7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). The “master” in this story most surely represents our Lord and the faithful “servants,” His followers. He is a God of wrath who is angry toward sinners. Ronjour Locke serves as the Director of the Center for Preaching & Pastoral Leadership and also an Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joy is both a description of God and a description of what He gives. 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). It is also the joy which God possesses and experiences. 22 “Therefore you too now have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you” (John 16:22). This particular Psalm of Thanksgiving is for the great deliverance that God had worked out in David’s life. 16 Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16). He finds joy in uprightness (1 Chronicles 29:17) and loyalty (Hosea 6:6) and undying love (Micah 7:18). Repeatedly in Genesis 1 we find the expression, “and God saw that it was good” (see verses 4, 10, 12, 17, 21, 25, 31). 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). 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. 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). 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). Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. 2018. His joy is in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; 43:4), from His Word (Psalm 1:2; 112:1; 119:16, 24, 70, 77, 92, 143, 174). He rejoices in His creation, and He especially rejoices in the salvation of lost sinners. While by the sheep we watched at night Tabs and Lesson. No one has more Christmas cheer than God! We must conclude that of these three servants, only the first two were true believers. Through Christ, he is intensely determined to make his glory known far as the curse is found, and he will rid the cosmos of this curse once and for all through his Son. This was certainly true of the scribes and Pharisees described in Luke 15 and elsewhere in the Gospels. Advent is for adoring Jesus. He chooses that which is pleasing to God (Isaiah 56:4). The lack of a glad heart was the source of Israel’s sin and divine judgment. 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 … “Great joy” at Christmas tells us something profound about God and how he works in our world. They are not in harmony with heaven and, most of all, with God. Yet I believe we should redefine and seek to reclaim the term. 16 Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 46 And they shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. 4. God gives us joy because He is joyful. God the Father takes pleasure in choosing or selecting. 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). 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. In the choir of praises that spans worlds, time, and cultures, there's one voice that sings louder than angels and peoples. Dive in for just a moment each day and come away with something to feed your joy in God during this … The shepherds who received the angels’ message rejoiced after they saw him with their own eyes (Luke 2:20). The first two slaves were faithful, and their reward was to “enter into the joy” of their master. Verse 3: They are pleased with a thief, and with adulterers (Psalm 50:18), and in wickedness (2 Thessalonians 2:12). God delights in His people (Psalm 149:4). 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Author John Piper has recently taken up the theme of pleasure in a refreshing way which I recommend to the reader. Christ is the good news of God’s great joy. The words spoken here by our Lord are very familiar to me, but somehow I have failed to take them seriously enough. But the Bible does not speak of God’s will this way. Lack of joy leads to sin. He holds me and the Lord keeps me; oh, joy, joy in my soul. This slave was wicked because he did not see his master as gracious and (may I be so bold as to say) happy. Late in the midnight hour I talk to my God and He gives me joy, joy in my soul. And the service He requires of us even now is to be done joyfully rather than sullenly. 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you” (Deuteronomy 28:45-48). He will bring shalom. God gives us joy because He is joyful. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2–3). This is when someone longs for something to be what it shouldn't be, like jealousy for another person’s spouse. My Saviors joy. He has pleasure in those who deal faithfully (Proverbs 12:22). Joy, joy, God's great joy, The Related Products tab shows you other products that you may also like, if you like Joy. I believe Moses was indicating God’s pleasure by repeatedly telling us that God saw His creation to be good. I know that He is able, joy Ending: Oh, joy, joy in my soul. No doubt the angels do rejoice, but this is not the emphasis of the text. in 1971. 25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I scattered no seed. First, why is Romans 8 the greatest chapter in the Bible? God delighted over the nation Israel, selecting this people as the object of His blessings, just as He would also delight over Israel as the object of His wrath (Deuteronomy 28:63), not because God takes pleasure in the death of men, even wicked men (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11), but because God disciplines His “son” in order to bring him to godliness (see Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 12:3-10). When someone serves us a piece of homemade pie and we exclaim, “This is good!” we are expressing not just our approval, but our pleasure. I now realize this does not say quite enough. 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? 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). This time, I am especially interested in why this slave failed to do as he should have done. I always thought Jesus was saying it was the angels who rejoiced at the salvation of lost sinners. (Philip. The Bible leaves no doubt about what pleases and displeases God. Isaiah answers, “The zeal of the LORD of Armies will accomplish this.”. Great Joy In the City Acts 8:5-8 INTRO. Verse 2: When I get weak and I can't go on, I feel all my hope, all my joy is gone. God made the world to remake it one day. We do a great disservice to God and others when we portray God in a way that matches the false perception of the wicked slave of Matthew 25. We all understand that the Bible presents our Lord Jesus Christ in many different ways. No food on the table, joy. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy (Psalm 96:12). The joy they would experience was first and foremost His joy, a joy into which they would also enter. The blessings of the master and his slaves are summed up by the word “joy.”. Some may say I am overreaching here, but it seems as though God took pleasure—He found joy—in His creation. 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). Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? The first two “slaves” were good and faithful, and the third was unfaithful and wicked. God will not allow the evils and disorder of our world to last forever. Of course. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). How will these things be? 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). He knew what was wrong, yet he persisted in doing it. The Christian finds joy in being freed from guilt, anticipating an eternal reward, having fellowship with God, and being part of God’s work. And we are very much aware of our contribution to the mess, for sin still plagues our own hearts and lives. 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). 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. And let's announce to the nations that the Savior has come. When the lost object was recovered, the one who searched for it rejoiced and invited others to join in the celebration in the joy of this recovery. It is also the joy which God possesses and experiences. 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? Note carefully that the world’s form of “joy” is not the same joy which the Christian possesses. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? Joy. This text indicates that the “joy of Thy salvation” acts as the motivator of our service, not guilt or fear. Joy serves as a tremendous source of guidance concerning the “will of God.” Many think and speak of the “will of God” as some great mystery, difficult to discern and even harder to defend. He is pleased with lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24). God’s zeal is different; he is intensely passionate for the world to be as it should be—right, just, and at peace. How grateful we should be for this attribute of our great God. 25 Days. God gave a first covenant to surpass it with a second. 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. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable which has much to teach us about 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. 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. He gives me strength and power, joy. This third slave fascinates me. 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 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. He has given us a King, and he will soon return. Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Joe Bonamassa. Kirk Franklin - Joy Lyrics Chorus: Joy, joy, God's great joy. Good News of Great Joy. 18 What then? In Romans 7, Paul did not say the will of God was hard to know; he said that it was impossible to do. 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). Does the older brother rejoice that the lost son has returned? He is presented as a prophet. Stream songs including "Joy To the World", "Little Drummer Boy (feat. 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. 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. He cannot understand why he has not been allowed to celebrate. This "great joy," on first thoughts, is singular till we read between the lines, and see how perfectly they now grasped the new mode of the Lord's connection with his own. Joy is a term that appears approximately 165 times in the KJV translation, 182 in the NASV, and 218 times in the NIV. For some reason, the “joy of the Lord” seems to be a neglected aspect of God’s nature and character. They did not want such folks in “their” kingdom. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. 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. Let Me See Thy Glory - A Study of the Attributes of God. The child of God has a very different source of pleasure or delight. 4:4). I must confess I have never been big on the “smiley face” found on bumper stickers and personal letters. By: Georgia Mass Choir. 9 For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account (1 Thessalonians 3:9). 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). We live in a dark world. The joy of verse 12: “All the people went their way...to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.” God’s truth followed by faithful, Spirit-anointed exposition, leads to great joy, which is the strength of God’s people. He thought of his master as one who expected a profit where he made no provisions. He delights in the “sons” whom He disciplines (Proverbs 3:12; see Hebrews 12:3-13). This slave’s assessment of his master was wrong. His delight is not in personal, selfish, sensual pleasures, but he finds pleasure in God: 13 “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, 14 Then you will take delight in the Lord, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13-14). 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