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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength
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There is a song with that title and at times is runs through my mind. When thinking these thoughts I am not bummed but uplifted. I realize that thus is what Godly songs can do, they reiterate the Word and build our faith, our believing, because they are speaking the Word to us. I had to search for the reason for this song. I had seen the statement in the Word, but what was the context? What does it mean, the joy of the Lord is my strength?
In order to really understand why the people wept when they heard the Word we need to understand their situation. Nebuchadnezzar carried away the first inhabitants of Jerusalem in 497 B.C. it is now 43 years later, 454 B.C. Many of them have been allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild. That is enough time for the teenagers that were taken captive to have grandchildren. They must have clung to the Word of God they knew and not let it die out of their hearts. They didn't let the world in to corrupt their love for God or commitment to Him. Over time, however, the Word gets lost and changed if there is no written text to constantly refer to. In their case the word is written in Hebrew, which was no longer understood by many of them because they have been in Babylon for 43 years. We see this evidenced when Ezra read the scrolls of the law before the people and gave the sense of it.
We also get a good idea of when this occurred from reading the corresponding book of Ezra. They read the law before the people in the 'seventh month' of the first year of Cyrus king of Persia (also call Darius the Mede in Daniel 5:31), 426 B.C., which is 28 years after the wall around Jerusalem was finished.
They wept because they had not been following the commandments of God; because they loved Him they were sorrowful. However, Ezra told them to celebrate because the law was found.
Jeremiah found great joy in the Word of God as well.
We are told to rejoice in the Lord just as Ezra told Israel to. God wants us to be joyful.
We have been reconciled to God by Jesus Christ, let us joy and rejoice!
Let God fill you with joy.
What a rich verse! Our God of hope will fill you to capacity with all joy (not just some) and peace in believing, for the purpose that we may abound in hope which is the anchor of our soul in the power of the holy spirit that God has placed within us.
Jesus Christ could see that there was greater things available to God's people from the Word. He knew he was our messiah that is why:
Joy is just part of our strength. When we have the joy of the Lord we will rely on the strength that God has given us. If we are joyful we can more easily trust in God who is our strength. Let God fill you with joy and come to His Word and see the joy that was set before Jesus Christ, eternal life with God.
For further study:
Word Study: Joy and rejoice, pay attention to the Hebrew words some uses refer to dancing. The Hebrew Words are simchah for joy and samach for rejoice. The Greek words are chara for joy and chairo for rejoice.
For the Glory of God and Accuracy of His Word