The Birth of Joy
What Brings Joy – Part I
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-20
Key Verse: Psalm 96:11
Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise!
God gave the Psalmist David a preview of what was to come to earth. We get to read about the preview in Psalm 96.
In Psalm 96:13 we see the foundation of joy in both nature and people: “… for He is coming!”. David was seeing the coming of Jesus to our world and what would happen when He came.
Look at the way David described it: “Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming!”
This month’s devotional focuses on the glorious joy that comes to all who believe in Jesus and accept as truth the story of God sending His only begotten Son into our world! It is more accurate to say: “Joy to those in our world that believe in Jesus”, but since that would be too long for a title to a song, we’ll stick to “Joy to the World”!
If you look for verses in the Bible that have the word “joy”, you will find dozens. The Bible is clear; God meant for the world to receive the wonderful gift of joy when Jesus showed up on our world.
It is sad to realize that most of the world has missed the real joy that God wanted for them. What is even more sad, far too many Christ-followers are not enjoying the joy that they should be due to their lack of faith in the promises that are foundational to God’s promise.
I am praying that this month’s devotional helps a few more believers to allow the song “Joy to the World” to be true in their hearts!
To illustrate how joy is different than happiness, writing this devotional fills me with joy. However, everything is not perfect in my life, so my problems do not fill me with happiness. But no matter the circumstances of my life, there is an underlying foundation of truths that keep me full of joy.
Jesus summarized this thought best in the Gospel of Luke:
“But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).
Jesus reminded His followers that no matter what happens, the best reason for joy is the fact that we are going to heaven.
Father, thank You for the joy of knowing that my physical death simply means I will spend eternity with you. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.