I Choose Joy

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The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

Nehemiah 8:10 … Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share the gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

  1. Ezra read Scripture in the presence of the people; everyone began weeping, needing to be comforted.
  2. They went out to gather brush and make temporary shelters to remember the Exile. They had not done it like this since Joshua had died.
  3. To (make glad) rejoice – proclaim it and possess it

What Happens With Joy

Leviticus 9:24 … Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

Esther 9:22 … as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

Who Deserves Joy

Deuteronomy 16:14 …
Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.

How Do You Get Joy

Deuteronomy 16:15 … celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

Job 6:10 … Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

Psalm 16:11 … You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 19:8 … The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

How Do You Lose Joy

Deuteronomy 28:47 … Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity,

How Do You Get Joy

Psalm 21:1 … The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joyin the victories you give!

Psalm 33:1 … Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

How Do You Keep Joy

Psalm 42:1-4 … As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Wrap Up: Joy undermines depression, anxiety, inaction

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