Spiritual joy

Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts. – Jeremiah 15:16

The messages which the prophet was sent with, even those which denounced grievous things against his people in case of impenitence, were gladly received by him, and he readily delivered them, hoping that they would be a means of bringing them to a sense of their sins, and to repentance for them, and so of preserving them from ruin; and especially those words or doctrines he had in commission to deliver, which respected the Messiah, his person, offices, kingdom, righteousness, and grace; the calling of the Gentiles, and the enlargement of the interest of Christ; the glory of his name, and the prosperity of his people in the latter day. The word of the Gospel, when received and eaten by faith, whether by ministers or people, is productive of spiritual joy and pleasure; the promises of it being exceeding precious; and the doctrines of it doctrines of grace, salvation, peace, pardon, and righteousness, by Christ, who is the sum and substance of them – John Gill

The prophet experienced the loneliness of leadership and the anguish of ministry, but God encouraged him as he fed on the Word.  God may not take away the pain in your heart, but He can balance it with His joy and His Word can be energized by His Spirit. – Warren Wiersbe

The very Spirit who authored the words of Scripture longs to use it to guide you and me into powerful encounters with our heavenly Father. I fear that many believers today are missing the intended meaning behind Scripture. The Bible is not God. It’s designed to act as a guide to knowing its Author. It’s designed to give us a desire and understanding about this God who is living, active, and near to us. – Craig Denison

True joy is a gift from God to those who believe the gospel, being produced in them by the Holy Spirit as they receive and obey the Word, being mixed with various trials, and set their hope on future glory. That’s the definition of joy in a sentence.

Dearest Holy Lord Jesus: thank You so very much for the awesome gift of Your Word, Life, and Light within. Come by Your Holy Spirit, and breathe new Life from above upon all who are searching for the truth and reason for being, as they find it in You. Give us all a new appreciation and hunger for Your Living Word, that we may live life to the fullest measure of Your intent. Glory to You alone!

Enjoying God and Receiving Joy from God

Jeremiah the Prophet

 

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