The Hidden Life of Joy

Saturday, August 06, 2011 Posted by Sara

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Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” –Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

I imagine if heaven had a cheering squad, this would be one of their staples.

 The joy of the Lord is your strength!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Give me a J-O-Y!
<clapping> <cartwheels> <jazz hands>

It’s so peppy, right?  And quite catchy, I mean, how many times have you heard the phrase repeated in moments of encouragement? 

But what does it really mean?
Does strength come from slapping a smile on my face and clapping a little bit? 

What is this “joy” He speaks of? 

As I meandered through the Word this past week, seeking to understand the true meaning of joy, I began to stumble upon verses that challenged my preconceptions of it. Joy had always been such a simple thing, I thought.  And yet God’s Word was painting a far richer and deeper picture than I had known.

Join me this week, friends, as I once again meander through scripture to uncover - the hidden life of joy. 

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