Joy of God
God is pleased with his covenant people’s health and loyalty and sinners’ confession and conversion. He makes his people joyous; they are glad for his faithfulness and presence.
God is the source of joy.
Ps 37:4 Also see 1Sa 2:1; Ne 1:11; 12:43; Isa 61:10; Jn 15:11; Php 4:4
God rejoices in the restoration of his people.
Jer 32:41 Also see: Isa 62:4-5 He rejoices as does a bridegroom; Isa 65:19; Jer 31:20 He rejoices as does a father; Zep 3:17
Joy can be found in the heavenly presence of God
At creation: Job 38:4-7; Pr 8:30-31
Lk 15:7 over sinners who repent
Causes of God’s joy
His own works Jer 9:24
His chosen servant Mt 12:18; Isa 42:1; Heb 1:9; Ps 45:7
Jesus Christ Mt 3:17 Mk 1:11 Lk 3:22; Mt 17:5
The restored temple Hag 1:8
His people and their worship Ps 149:4-9 Also see: Ps 69:30-31
Repentance Dt 30:9
Obedience, honesty and integrity 1Sa 15:22; Pr 12:22 Also see: 1Ch 29:17; Ps 147:10-11; Pr 11:1,20
God’s face shining on his people
Nu 6:25 When God’s face shines on his people, his divine pleasure and joy are implied.
Ps 67:1 Also see: 80:19; 119:135
By contrast, God’s face is against evil, showing his displeasure: Ps 34:16; 1Pe 3:12
Say this prayer: Father in heaven, I believe you raised Jesus from the dead.
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me of all my sins. Come into my heart and life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Please, help me live for you and tell others about you for the rest of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.