The Christian’s Joy

David writes in Psalm 51:11-12…

Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Its only the God of hope that fills us with joy and peace…

Paul writes in Romans 15:13…

Now may the God of hope fill you with all
joy and peace in believing, so that you will
abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

John MacDuff writes

No power in the universe can rob you of it; none, but yourself, can even diminish it. “Your joy no man takes from you.” What the power, or love, or presence of man can create – the power, or hatred, or absence of man can destroy. But, the joy of the believer has a different origin, and, as no man bestowed it, so no man can take it away. It has God for its author – the living Rock of Ages for its ever-flowing fountain – the Holy Spirit for the golden channel, which it conveys into the heart.

Thus, coming from the fountain of joy, it is of immortal origin – and, is far above the reach of mortal enemies. All the sorrows of earth – all the temptations of hell, are vain against this joy. So far from being diminished by what would crush earthly happiness, and reduce the stoutest heart, without Divine grace, to hopeless dejection – it is only realized more fully, amid the raging fury of the hurricane, or the dreary gloom of a starless midnight.

(John MacDuff: The Throne of Grace, 1865)

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30…

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you
and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The joy of the believer has a different origin, and, as no man bestowed it,
so no man can take it away. It has God for its author –
the living Rock of Ages for its ever-flowing fountain –
the Holy Spirit for the golden channel, which it conveys into the heart.

*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.


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