Amplified Bible, Classic Edition Psalm 89:15 Blessed (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the JOYFUL sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!
THINKIT-GOD IS BIG ON REJOICING!
Beloved child of God during this time, Father wants you moving in Him, not anxiety or fear. He is your comfort, your strength, your peace, your confidence, your protection and your joy. Remember beloved child of God, the kingdom of God is within you, which is righteousness, peace and joy. God’s faith says-count it all joy in tribulations (James 1:2). It’s God’s way-trust Him in that. God always had Israel to have feasts! Do you see what blessed means- it means HAPPY. So when someone says be blessed, they are saying be HAPPY, be JOYFUL! Because the kingdom of God is RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY in the HOLY SPIRIT (Ro.14:17), it is holiness to be joyful and happy. Since this Kingdom is in you, you must learn to get into His Presence and draw upon what is already in you.
The Holy Spirit wants to produce the fruit of joy in you, beloved child of God! Joy is an important part of the kingdom. I want to give you an infusion of joy scriptures to study and meditate, beloved child of God. John 17:13-Jesus prayed that His joy be made full and perfect in the saints and that they experience His delight and gladness. 1Thess. 5:16 says-Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be GLAD-HEARTED CONTINUALLY (ALWAYS). Phil 3:1 says-Delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him. Phil 4:4 says-Rejoice in the Lord always (delight-gladden yourselves in Him) again I say rejoice. Ps 37:4 says-Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires and the secret petitions of your heart. Ro. 5:2-3 says-Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this Grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exalt and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
James 1:2 says-consider it wholly joyful my brethren whenever you are enveloped in and encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Ro. 5:11 says-Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation. Ps 100:1-2 says-Make a joyful noise to the Lord and serve the Lord with gladness. Ps 149:2 says-Let Israel rejoice in Him, their Maker, let Zion’s children triumph and be joyful in their KING. Ps 149:5 says-Let the saints be joyful in the glory and beauty [which God confers upon them]; let them sing for joy upon their beds. Ps 5:11 says-Let those who take REFUGE and put their trust in You rejoice-Let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them. Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
Ps 32:11 says-Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you [uncompromisingly] righteous, shout for joy all you upright in heart. Neh. 8:10 says-The joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. Eph 6:10 says- Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. These two scriptures connect by showing that joy is strength and that you are in His might when you are joyful. Pro. 18:14 says-The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear. Joy will keep your spirit strong. If you are joyful you are strong in the Lord. Joy is a part of the armor we are to put on. It is a spiritual weapon against spiritual enemies-depression, despair and mental illnesses such as anxiety. Being joyful lifts you above your circumstances. Ps 30:11(b) says-You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.
Being joyful is healing and health. Pro. 17:22 says-A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Pro. 15:13 says-A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Pro. 15:15 says all the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]. John 16:33 says-In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] So this is saying, be of good cheer, it will keep you undaunted. You are to be of cheerful courage.
You can see beloved child of God, joy and rejoicing are important to Father for you. It’s one of three things of the kingdom of God, that Father lists in Ro. 14:17. He also says in Matt. 5:11, blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous-with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account. Matt.5:12 says-Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great(strong and intense). This scripture (Heb. 12:2), to me is amazing, it says Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also it’s Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the JOY [ of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. It’s amazing because He was in so much AGONY yet He had JOY, because of obtaining the prize of bringing many sons into glory (Heb. 2:10).
Heb. 11:6 says-But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him out. Beloved child of God seek Him in the joy area. Get into His Presence, for in His Presence is fullness of Joy (Ps.16:11). Let Him reward you with joy. Prepare your heart for receiving this great blessing of joy. So build your ark of joy beloved child of God, founded upon the Rock(Jesus) to weather the storms. Renew your mind with joy scriptures. Revisit this THINKIT frequently and speak these scriptures to yourself, to get them into your heart. Prepare your heart.
PRAYER-Father, through Your precious Son Jesus, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, release the Joy of the Lord into my soul. Let me always rejoice because I require you as my greatest need, especially at this time to keep my spirit strong in You. Thank You for Your joy, in Jesus’ name, Amen! Be blessed!