The fulfillment of Jesus’ joy—a joy that never wanes

Several decades ago, a fellow worker in a local community organization exclaimed when I cheerfully answered her telephone call, “What makes you so upbeat and joyful every day?” 

I was surprised by her comment, because an exuberant delight just simply inhabited my heart. It wasn’t determined by the ups and downs of daily human experience. It came from what I was learning every day about God’s great goodness and the wonderful power it has to make one feel worthy and loved, and to bring healing into one’s life and the lives of others. It was actually God’s joy I was feeling—as expressed in this verse in the Bible: “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” (Zephaniah 3:17)—and it still inhabits my heart every day, even on days when the going is tough. 

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