They are pleased with a thief, and with adulterers (Psalm 50:18), and in wickedness (2 Thessalonians 2:12). 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you” (Deuteronomy 28:45-48). We have a message of spectacular rescue: the love of God has rescued us from the wrath of God. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Free Sheet Music, Hymn, Piano, Ukulely, tabs German Carol Chords - How Great Our Joy Lyrics & Chords. He is presented as Messiah-King. He delights in the “sons” whom He disciplines (Proverbs 3:12; see Hebrews 12:3-13). We must conclude that of these three servants, only the first two were true believers. They are not in harmony with heaven and, most of all, with God. 20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:20). A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). And we are very much aware of our contribution to the mess, for sin still plagues our own hearts and lives. You can see poverty and plenty, sorrow and happiness, but cities are seldom known as places of great joy. I find it interesting and instructive to consider this story from the perspective of joy. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. God gives us joy because He is joyful. This is why we can only boast in Him and not in what we have done. Q. 7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). God made the world to remake it one day. 36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:36). 18 What then? Listen to Joy To the World by Lincoln Brewster on Apple Music. : You can see almost anything in the city. The implication of our Lord’s words is that because God rejoices over the salvation of one lost sinner, the angels do likewise. So many non-Christians seem to think that becoming a Christian spells the end of pleasure and the commencement of a dull and joyless life. 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). “Zeal” is an intense word. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). This third slave fascinates me. No one has more Christmas cheer than God! God has reserved this signal honor for his Son at his second coming. He knew what was right, he just did not do it. One of the “joys set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2) was the salvation of lost sinners. May this lesson be a reflection of God’s joy and a source of true joy for each of us. HOW GREAT OUR JOY Verse1 C F G7 C While by the sheep we watched at night Am Em C F G7 C Glad tidings brought an angel bright Verse2 C F G7 C There shall be born so he did say Am Em C F G7 C In Bethle-hem, a Child to--day Chorus Am E E7 Am How great our joy E7 Am Great our joy Am G C Joy joy joy Am G C Joy joy joy C E7 Bdim E7 Am Praise we the Lord in heaven on high C E7 Bdim E7 … And the wicked man had no grasp of God’s joy at all. We are constantly reminded of the violence, disorder, and hatred. Happy Day by Tim Hughes. Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy, joy, down in my soul Sweet, beautiful, soul saving joy Oh, joy, joy in my soul Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy. I must confess I have never been big on the “smiley face” found on bumper stickers and personal letters. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5-7). Written by Kirk Franklin The “master” in this story most surely represents our Lord and the faithful “servants,” His followers. Advent is for adoring Jesus. When men sin, God’s joy turns to sorrow: 5 The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. God is not a cruel master, who expects us to gain a profit where He has given us no provision. KJ52)" and more. I always thought of the joy referred to here as the joy which God gives, and so it is. 10. 24 “‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed’” (Matthew 25:24). 10 And again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people” (Romans 15:10). In Nehemiah, we find this familiar statement: 18 “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Nevertheless, I strongly recommend his writings as a source of edification and a stimulus to the pursuit of joy. They do not delight in the Word of God (Jeremiah 6:10). Lest we think joy or “happiness” is an attribute only of the Father and the Son, let me call your attention to these verses which link the joy of the believer with the Holy Spirit: 52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). Tim Hughes and a theologian friend were lamenting the fact there weren’t enough contemporary worship songs about the … 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11). In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable which has much to teach us about joy. Let us seek joy in God and in serving and worshipping Him. The words spoken here by our Lord are very familiar to me, but somehow I have failed to take them seriously enough. He is married to his wife, Annie, and they have four children. He anticipated a day when a King would be born to fulfill God’s promise that a descendant of David would rule from His throne forever (cf. They do not want to think of themselves as citizens who have entered into the kingdom of God in the same way as these tax-gatherers and sinners. 16 Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. It is also the joy which God possesses and experiences. The father rejoices and calls for a time of celebration and rejoicing. Let Me See Thy Glory - A Study of the Attributes of God. The scribes and Pharisees could not enter into this joy because they were still lost and did not wish to be found. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy (Psalm 98:8). 2 Samuel 7:12-16). Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. Sign up with your email address to receive our most recent content and stay up to date with upcoming events. And, conversely, sin leads to a lack of joy: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. The prodigal son repents and returns to his father. The shepherds who received the angels’ message rejoiced after they saw him with their own eyes (Luke 2:20). This joy comes from God and is mediated through the Holy Spirit to every Christian. He is a God of wrath who is angry toward sinners. Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy, joy, down in my soul Sweet beautiful soul saving joy Oh joy, joy in my soul Listen to the music The sound of the angels Come and see the child Who can make you whole Lying in a manger Away from harm and danger Oh, joy, joy in my soul Oh, joy, joy in my soul Joy, joy, God's great joy Joy, joy, down in my soul God is rejoicing in heaven and in the presence of the angels. 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; For more are the children of the desolate Than of the one who has a husband” (Galatians 4:27). God, Himself, is the source of our joy Galatians 5:22-23 gives us a list of the fruits of the spirit — and joy is listed there as one of the byproducts of the Holy Spirit living and abiding in us. Although happiness and joy can be present at the same time, happiness is based on material things or events, such as when a person is given a gift, graduates from college or celebrates a birthday. Ronjour Locke serves as the Director of the Center for Preaching & Pastoral Leadership and also an Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you (Philippians 3:1). 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:10). Kirk Franklin - Joy Lyrics Chorus: Joy, joy, God's great joy. 4:4). For the Christian, joy is not an option, for we are commanded to experience and to express joy as Christians: 12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12). This "great joy," on first thoughts, is singular till we read between the lines, and see how perfectly they now grasped the new mode of the Lord's connection with his own. The greatest joy is seeing, savoring, sharing in, and showing the glory of God. Joy is a term that appears approximately 165 times in the KJV translation, 182 in the NASV, and 218 times in the NIV. 20 And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me; see, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 “The one also who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to me two talents; see, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 Days. God gave a first covenant to surpass it with a second. 30 And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:14-30, emphasis mine). Finally, we will attempt to show how the “joy of the Lord” can impact the lives of men, especially those who are true believers in Jesus Christ. We can fulfill our responsibilities to Him only by His grace. Was this slave lazy because he did not work to gain a profit for his master? God the Father takes pleasure in choosing or selecting. 18 And you too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me (Philippians 2:17-18). The first two “slaves” were good and faithful, and the third was unfaithful and wicked. He has pleasure in those who deal faithfully (Proverbs 12:22). He is described as the One who will “delight in the fear of the Lord” (11:3). He rejoices in justice (Proverbs 21:15). This slave was wicked because he did not see his master as gracious and (may I be so bold as to say) happy. 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. The Sovereign has not abandoned us to despair. The child of God has a very different source of pleasure or delight. Q. The presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit produces joy in the life of the Christian. 46 And they shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. He loves just weights (Proverbs 11:1) and the blameless (Proverbs 11:20). Through Christ, he is intensely determined to make his glory known far as the curse is found, and he will rid the cosmos of this curse once and for all through his Son. By: Georgia Mass Choir. The two “joys” are very different. That will bring us to the end. This parable has much to teach us about Christian service. 6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:6). He oozes self-righteousness rather than gratitude and joy, which should characterize a sinner’s response to the grace of God in both his life and the lives of others. They were angry that Jesus was manifesting grace toward these unworthy sinners. Verse 2: When I get weak and I can't go on, I feel all my hope, all my joy is gone. 4. When the lost object was recovered, the one who searched for it rejoiced and invited others to join in the celebration in the joy of this recovery. Joy. In fact, the Christian can be distinguished from the unbeliever by those things which are the source of our joy. He gives us the means to do that which He expects and requires. “The joy of the Lord” should characterize our service and our worship. God will not allow the evils and disorder of our world to last forever. God likewise took pleasure in making David king over Israel and then in rescuing him from danger. 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks, And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing (Psalm 65:13). The joy of verse 12: “All the people went their way...to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.” God’s truth followed by faithful, Spirit-anointed exposition, leads to great joy, which is the strength of God’s people. 7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows (Psalm 45:6-7). God gives us joy because He is joyful. Joy, joy, down in my soul; sweet, beautiful, soul saving joy, oh, joy, joy in my soul. But in this dark world, the light of hope shines. This slave’s assessment of his master was wrong. 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8). Late in the midnight hour I talk to my God and He gives me joy, joy in my soul. But was he not evil in thinking wrongly of his master? The wicked slave feared his master, but rather than prompting him to serve his master, his fear produced just the opposite response. This is the way Paul approached life: 9 Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9). 9 For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account (1 Thessalonians 3:9). What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? 20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy” (John 16:20). 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Sadly, if the truth were known, most people do think of God in terms of a frowning face. This text indicates that the “joy of Thy salvation” acts as the motivator of our service, not guilt or fear. 12 Let the field exult, and all that is in it. How will these things be? This was certainly true of the scribes and Pharisees described in Luke 15 and elsewhere in the Gospels. Some may say I am overreaching here, but it seems as though God took pleasure—He found joy—in His creation. This is when someone longs for something to be what it shouldn't be, like jealousy for another person’s spouse. God takes great pleasure and finds great joy in His creations, including the new creation of believers in Jesus Christ. # 2 [v.1] God had not allowed his enemies to triumph over him # 3 [v.2] God healed his body # 4 [v.3] God saved his soul # 5 [v.3] God keep him alive and delivered him from certain defeats in battle. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. “When he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (Philip. Alpha and Omega, joy. Unfortunately, the word “happy” has been redefined and so trivialized in our culture that it is little wonder we hesitate to use it in reference to Christians or to our God. God is a God of joy, a “happy God,” if you would. In Romans 7, Paul did not say the will of God was hard to know; he said that it was impossible to do. In the past, I have always focused on what this wicked, lazy slave did not do. No food on the table, joy. B. Phillips and a few others render the term “happy.” My professor indicated that one could render the expression in 1 Timothy 1:11, the “happy God,” a suggestion which took me by surprise. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” So begins one of the most popular Christmas hymns of all time. When someone serves us a piece of homemade pie and we exclaim, “This is good!” we are expressing not just our approval, but our pleasure. God spoke of Israel’s sin as being evident by her lack of joy: 45 “So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the Lord your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. Oh joy, joy, joy in my soul Joy, joy, joy in my soul oh He sent from up above This special gift of love More precious than silver or gold He was sent this holiday To take our pain away [Repeat Chorus] Go tell it on the mountain Shout it from a valley Tell about the baby in swaddling clothes Men in every nation Join the celebration Way down deep joy He chooses that which is pleasing to God (Isaiah 56:4). All too often we try to motivate Christians to witness by making them feel guilty. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2–3). Such characterization of the Puritans is simply not true.92 Nothing could be further from the truth. He holds me and the Lord keeps me; oh, joy, joy in my soul. The prophet Isaiah reveals this to us. Luke tells of the angelic outburst of praise when they announced the birth of the Christ (Luke 2:8-14). He is presented as a prophet. God delighted over the nation Israel, selecting this people as the object of His blessings, just as He would also delight over Israel as the object of His wrath (Deuteronomy 28:63), not because God takes pleasure in the death of men, even wicked men (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11), but because God disciplines His “son” in order to bring him to godliness (see Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 12:3-10). “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Good News of Great Joy. 1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. So give the sense, brothers. He cannot understand why he has not been allowed to celebrate. Tagged: Ronjour Locke, Christmas, Birth of Christ, Hope, Justice, 4. Luke tells of the angelic outburst of praise when they announced the birth of the Christ (Luke 2:8-14). In particular, I have never cared for the “smiley face” as a Christian logo or symbol. Joe Bonamassa. 22 “Therefore you too now have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you” (John 16:22). 17 In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. (Col. 1:24). For the present, however, we may be safer to use the term joy, a term more frequently used of God and of Christians. His delight is not in personal, selfish, sensual pleasures, but he finds pleasure in God: 13 “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, 14 Then you will take delight in the Lord, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13-14). 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