You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. —Psalm 4:7 ESV Spurgeon, in the Treasury of David: Christ in the heart is better than corn in the barn, or wine in the vat. Corn and wine are but fruits of the world, but … More Spurgeon: Christ is better
In our Bible reading passage for today, Jesus commands us to pray and tells us a great purpose of prayer, our joy! “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you … More Is prayer a duty or a joy?
Isaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. This passage is packed full of wonderful truths! Do you remember when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness? They murmured and complained about water, and Moses, being at his wits’ end with these grumblng people, cried out to God in prayer, and got an … More Who is well-spring of salvation?
“The kindness and love of God our Saviour.”—Titus 3:4 C.H. Spurgeon, in Morning and Evening: HOW sweet it is to behold the Saviour communing with His own beloved people! There can be nothing more delightful than, by the Divine Spirit, to be led into this fertile field of delight. Let the mind for an instant … More How sweet? Spurgeon: “Our souls may well faint for joy.”
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away. —Nehemiah 12:43 C.H. Spurgeon comments: “For the Lord had made them glad with great joy.” God alone can give us this great joy. … More Spurgeon: How Does God Give Joy?
John Piper, in a sermon, “Marriage: A Matrix of Christian Hedonism”- Christ died for the church in order that he might present to himself a beautiful bride. He endured the cross for the joy of marriage that was set before him. But what is the ultimate joy of the church? Is it not to be presented as … More Where do we find ultimate joy?
John Piper, in a sermon, “The Kingdom of Heaven Is a Treasure”, helps us see the main point in Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. … More John Piper: we can lose everything with joy if we gain Christ.
Psalm 2:11 commands us to “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Is this to mean that our joy in the Lord is on shaky ground? Do we have reason to be afraid? This is not the only place in the Bible where we will see seemingly contrary commands. The Bible describes Christ’s … More Shaky joy?
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Exodus 15:26 “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of … More A possible new cure for osteoporosis?
Nehemiah 12:43 And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away. C.H. Spurgeon comments: “For the Lord had made them glad with great joy.” God alone can give us this great joy. … More God gives joy!