The significance of joy

Joy is often underrated in healing, and yet a quiet joy is a freeing agent. Many people think of joy as just a happy feeling, but joy is bigger and deeper. Discussing this, one friend defined joy as satisfaction, and another said it’s peace and harmony.

Zephaniah 3:17 assures, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Reduce this poetic verse to the subject and verbs: God will save, rejoice, rest, and joy. “Rejoice” and “joy” represent here a big percentage of God’s activity. As being joyous is an activity of God, we must reflect active joy as the result of being made in God’s image. According to Zephaniah, God joys over us with singing, so joy is an undergirding melody of well-being. There simply is no burden here. A sense of affliction isn’t God’s song. As we cling to God’s allness, burdens grow dim.

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