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How The Bible Says You Can Find Joy In Not So Joyful Times

Tim has a B.S. Degree in Psychology from Albright College. He is also a father of four so has had much experience using many dadisms himself

Where True Joy Lies

People seek out joy to help them cope when things seem hopeless. The problem is the joy they seek is unfortunately only temporary. When the moment passes or the effects of induced joy wear off they revert back to finding more temporary joy. They are ill informed about the source of true joy, Jesus.

One of the reasons for this is a great many people write the Bible off as an ancient book which has very little to offer them. The truth is the Bible is a bountiful source of information on dealing with all aspects of life. You do not have to enter into a relationship with Jesus to find true wisdom in the Bible (but it is highly encouraged). The information is there all you to do is open the Bible and read.

Here is the article you find 20 verses from the Old and New Testament on the finding the source of true joy in you life.


This is the day that the Lord has made

Old Testament Verses About Finding Joy

In the Old Testament, there are a number of verses which deal with times of sorrow and how to find joy even in those times. David was no stranger to sorrow and diversity in his life. Some of his sorrows were self inflicted. In good times no bad David knew where to turn to find joy. Here are some of the words he penned on joy in the Psals.

Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” No matter what come, no matter what befalls you when you see each day as a day the Lord created in gives your heat comfort and joy.”

When you look at each day through the Lord’s eyes you will see joy no matter befalls you.

Psalm 4:7 “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”

Joy comes not in a bottle, nor in material wealth but in trusting in God. When you allow the Lord to rest in your heart there joy will abound in good and bad times.

Psalm 24:19, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

Psalm 32:11, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

Psalm 33:21, "For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name."

David”s son Solomon, was a man who should of known where to turn in times of sorrow to find

Proverbs 10:28, "The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish."

Proverbs 17:22, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Some other verses in the Old Testament dealing with the source of joy.

1 Chronicles 17:22, "Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place."

Isaiah 12:6, "Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

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Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Most of these verses allude to the fact the true source of joy is a heart rendered to God. While everything may not go your way we can know as long as we seek and trust in God we can still be joyful.


New Testament Verses About Finding Joy

The New Testament is rip[e with verses which deal with joy.

Starting with Jesus in the Gospels there is a central theme in the New Testament centering on a life of service to Jesus and knowing you can experience joy no matter what comes in life.

Matthew 25:21, "His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master."

Luke 1:47, "And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,"

John 16:24, "Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

John 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 17:13, "But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."

Paul continues the theme of finding true joy in a life lived for Jesus.

Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Galatians 5:22 - 23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

2 Corinthians 6:10, "As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."

James 1:2-3, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness."

All verses come from the ESV Bible.

This is in no way an exhaustive list of Bible verses dealing with how to remain joyful even in the most difficult. The list is also not meant to be an exhaustive study it is up to you to take these verses and dig deeper into them by studying them in the context of each passage of scripture. The hope is these verses will get you started.

© 2021 Timothy Whitt

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