What is joy?
Joy is a reaction to eternal truth
Psalms 32:1 (NLT) Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Joy is a feeling
Psalms 4:7 (NLT) You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
Joy is an action (obedience)
Psalms 119:92 (NLT) If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.
Psalms 119:143 (NLT) As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
Joy cancels fear.
Romans 12:12 (NLT) Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Joy is noisy.
Psalms 71:23 (NLT) I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me.
Psalms 33:3 (NLT) Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
Psalms 100:2 (NLT) Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.
Joy is contagious
Philippians 2:18 (NLT) Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
1 John 1:4 (NLT) We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.