When I am down, I would always recite to myself Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
I would regard this joy as coming from the Lord and with this joy that originates from him, it will give me strength to carry on.
But this time, I thought a little further and realised that it’s the joy of the Lord and not joy from the Lord.
That is quite substantially different, I thought. When it is the joy of the Lord, it doesn’t even need to be in me. The fact that he has joy is strength enough for me.
But what is his joy? What does he have joy in?
That’s when I found this article: What does “The joy of the Lord” is our strength mean?
The author gave four things that our God has his joy in, of which I will only state just one. I am not so sure about the other three but you can read it up and tell me what you think.
His joy is us - God delights in us for he made us out of his love for us and gave his Son for us on the cross so we may reconciled with him.
For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
~ Isaiah 62:5 ESV
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
~ Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
And this gives me strength because he rejoices in me and delights in me, and what more, he first loved me. And with that I rejoice in him, find strength in him and love him with all my heart, my soul, my might and and my mind.