top of page
  • Writer's pictureBeverly Nickles

God’s joy yields God’s strength

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” A pithy and powerful truth.

The joy of the Lord is the gladness of Almighty God gifted by His Holy Spirit to a human soul. It’s an inner rejoicing together with God that’s available only to true believer. Divine joy is a source of inner strength and helps a believer to endure the trials of life. God’s joy yields God’s strength.

This joy comes through self-surrender and contentedness in God’s will. By keeping a close relationship with him through forgiveness and obedience. By abiding with him in prayer and in His Word. “In His presence is fullness of joy.”

Nehemiah declared the statement above to God’s people at a moment of national despair. They had just finished restoring the protective wall around Jerusalem. At their request, they stood long hours to hear Ezra read the law of God to them and helped them understand. Hearing God’s law, the people understood the holy, righteous, just and faithful nature of their God. And they understood their own sinful failure before him and unfaithfulness to him.

Understanding their great personal guilt, they wept in sorrow at the keen awareness of their sin. But Nehemiah understood that, «Godly sorrow leads to repentance.” God was working in them. And true repentance would lead to changed lives. That called for a celebration! “For this day is holy unto our Lord; don’t be sorry. For the joy of the Lord in your strength.”

Is God working in you? Then it’s a time to rejoice.

---Beverly Nickles

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Jesus offers eternal salvation

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the wor

Jesus Warned about Hell

Hell is a major theme of Jesus preaching. He proclaimed fearful warnings of the separation to come. That at the end would come an eternal separation of the damned from the redeemed. Jesus was a “hell-

In the Lord’s presence, Isaiah changed forever

This was the moment that dramatically transformed Isaiah’s life. The prophet walked into the temple, as on any other day, with no indication of the life-changing experience that awaited him. There he


bottom of page