“You make him glad with the joy of your presence” – Psalm 21:6

It is God’s presence that brings and produces it. Joy. Joy is to be our strength. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. To rejoice is a command. Joy is not a secondary or optional thing for the Christian. But it often seems elusive and we can’t find it. It seems to hide from us at times or we simply have been negligent and have lost it, like we lose our keys or something valuable.

What brings it back and restores joy to its proper place in our lives? (It IS to have a proper and primary place in our lives–a joyless Christian is very dishonoring to Christ). What restores true joy?

David, in Ps. 21, says it is God’s presence, pure and simple. God’s presence does this; His presence produces it. The more we practice and cultivate the presence of God in reality and in all that it means, the more we will steadily experience joy.

Joy is the result of experiencing God’s presence and gladness results from that joy.

We all should read every verse in the Psalms and in the New Testament about joy. Read them – believe them – desire them – embrace them and pray and appropriate them. What would happen in our lives if we did? Give thy due diligence here! Go after God and go after joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

“Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away,
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!”

Joyfully yours in His love today

Mack Tomlinson

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