Is it just me, or is JOY everywhere? I hear about it on the radio. I see it written on cute mugs. I come across teachings on joy from leaders who are invested in helping us find it, share it, express it, and never let it go. Even though joy isn’t my particular word of the year, this concept is the theme of the latest monthly Bible verses that I’m sharing in my shop.
What is Joy?
Joy is an important concept in God’s word. We find it in so many different situations, but it’s always a result of God’s presence. The Bible confirms that joy is a deep-seated thrill of hope that we have even when we aren’t particularly happy. The dictionary defines it like this.
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keenpleasure; elation:
This definition comes across as pretty worldly. I wouldn’t say it’s wrong, but it’s easily misinterpreted. The big truth hiding in this definition is that joy is “caused by” something. If our joy is caused by a circumstance changing in our favor, like a sale on the shoes we wanted to buy, we feel joy according to this definition.
The Bible tells us that joy is more than a feeling of happiness.
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.
2 Corinthians 6:10a, NLT
You can see the contrast right here–Biblical joy is more than a pleasurable feeling. It’s possible to have an aching heart but still feel joy if it’s caused by God. The great delight we feel because of God is a permanent, ongoing, forever sort of emotion. It holds true no matter what, even when the shoes we wanted to buy have been marked up.
To sum it all up, having the gift of God’s presence is all we need to know a lasting joy even if things aren’t going our way. Anything the world has to offer just can’t compete with that!
Joy in the Bible
Okay, so joy is one of the most-used words in the entire Bible! In Hebrew, the word is simcha (שמחה), which of course, translates to joy. Simcha is also used in Hebrew as a given name, and informally for happy celebrations like weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. The King James Version includes the word joy a total of 187 times. I really had a lot of verses to choose from!
Joy is a fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22), which means we receive joy from the Holy Spirit. It’s used a lot in the Psalms–thirty-four times, to be exact. Sometimes, joy is used in scripture to encourage and even command Christians. We’re to be joyful in hope (Rom 12:12), sing and shout with joy (Ps 47:1), and give joyful thanks (Col 1:12). I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a characteristic of a believer, because it’s a characteristic of God.
Why Joy Bible Verses?
We live in a world that’s confused about what joy is and how to have it. I just want all of us to fight the message that our happiness is king and remember that God is the true King. Joy is much, much better than a temporary happy feeling, and I want YOU to know true joy.
So while I still think you’ll love the scripture cards I released last year, this new set is designed to bring biblical joy to your mind and spirit. I can’t wait to plaster them on my war room wall and in my Bible and on my bathroom mirror…well, you get the picture. I hope they are meaningful to you and help nurture the joy in your heart, too.
These cards turned out so pretty, with watercolor splashes in pink, purple, orange, and gold. They feature navy text with colorful script. Go and check them out!
Joy Bible Verses for 2019
All the verses on the cards are in NLT, and here’s what I felt prompted to share.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
2 Corinthians 6:10
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
1 Peter 1:8
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.
Just go to the shop to see all the joyful monthly Bible verses in a splashy watercolor design.
Much love, peace, and joy!