Joy vs Happiness
The note from the Life Application Bible confirms what I have long thought about the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is temporary and depends upon external factors. A person can be joyful even in the midst of dire circumstances because joy comes from deep within. Once I had a joyful spirit, but somewhere along the way I let it slip away. O that God would restore my joy.
NOTE: "David's heart was glad-he had found the secret to joy. True joy is far deeper than happiness; we can feel joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances, but joy is lasting because it is based on God's presence within us. As we contemplate his daily presence, we will find contentment. As we understand the future he has for us, we will experience joy. Don't base your life on circumstances, but on God."
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