The word joy is found 164 times in a concordance of the Bible, and the word rejoice is repeated 191 times. It's obvious that the Bible is a book of joy. To know my sins are forgiven and I'm in fellowship with Christ and others, is enough to rejoice in, always.
"Happy day, happy day, When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray
And live rejoicing every day.
Happy day; happy day, When Jesus washed my sins away!"
The following is from Tozer:
(I do know something of the emotional life that goes along with conversion to Jesus Christ. I came into the kingdom of God with joy, knowing that I had been forgiven. I have had people tell me very dogmatically that they will never allow "feeling" to have any part in their spiritual life and experience. "Too bad for you!" is my reply. I say that because I have voiced a very real definition of what I believe true worship to be: "Worship is to feel in the heart!" In the Christian faith, we should be able to use the word "feel" boldly and without apology. What worse thing could be said of us as the Christian church if it can be said of us that we are a feelingless people? I think we must agree that those of us who have been blest within our own beings would not join in any crusade to "follow your feelings." But if there is no feeling at all in our hearts, then we are dead!)
"This is the Lord; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." Isaiah 25:9
God bless you today as you rejoice in Him, and always remembering you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!