Get Back to Joy
You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NLT)
What comes to mind when you read that verse?
Does it seem that rejoicing with a glorious, inexpressible joy is a lofty goal at times?
When we don’t think that God sees, hears, or knows the true emotions we’re feeling, that kind of extravagant joy escapes us.
In light of that Scripture, I’d say that the “burden” of glorious, inexpressible joy is a lack of trusting Him.
Inexpressible joy doesn’t have to elusive. It’s a part of our inheritance that comes along with our salvation. Joy is deposited down in us with all of the other fruit, just waiting to be nourished and exercised.
As a mom, we see joy beaming from our children when they are ecstatic. It gives them so much energy that they can’t contain themselves and most times can’t get words out! THAT is inexpressible joy! It comes from a place of trusting the giver of that joy.
We can get back to that place!
- Look up Scripture that will strengthen the heart. Often when we can’t find the joy it’s because our hearts need to be strengthened. A renewed joy is what we need.
A great place to start is Psalm 31:24: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
- Think about what we’re thinking about. There are times when we can let our thoughts get the upper hand in how we feel and how we perceive things. Think on what is true (Philippians 4:8-9).
- Rejoice with someone else! Whether it’s our own child, a significant other, friend, or even a complete stranger, we can be recipients and a sharer in their inexpressible joy. Rejoice with those who rejoice…(Romans 12:15a).
- Practice thanksgiving. Psalm 100 is great Scripture to declare out loud! Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise (Ps. 100:4).
Let’s reflect on the goodness of God. Let inexpressible joy well up in us as we come alive with prayer, Scripture, and thanksgiving flowing from our lips.