Sara’s Notes of Joy-I wrote this article about ten years ago when asked by an online magazine at the time to write an article on Joy. I must say I return to this article many times as a refresher course to Rejoice. Hope you enjoy this article as well as you read and REjoice today!
(Zephaniah 3:17) “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
What do you do when The Lord is rejoicing with gladness and singing over you?
In the book of Zephaniah the prophet is describing the destruction of Judah, Philistine, Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia, and Assyria by the might nation of Babylon. Yet, Zephaniah was assuring these nations that not one nation of people was too far from God’s love, and not one nation was too small for His power! Then he closes this little book with powerful promises and encouraging the people to respond positively to God’s full circle of love.
How? (Zephaniah 3:14) “Sing, shout and be glad and rejoice with all your heart. (Verse 15 Amplified) (For then it will be that) the Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cast out your enemy.”
Many times we find that we can sing, shout, clap and rejoice when we have our victories. When God has answered our prayers, or when we feel good for the day. The question to us is; are we able to sing, shout and rejoice in the midst of our troubles. In the middle of a busy day or in the emotional fear of the night?
The prophet Habakkuk finds everything in his external world that can go wrong going wrong. And, he declares “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk goes on to tell us about his exuberance and his leaping for joy over his fellowship with Yahweh, his Lord.
Music Notes when sung, shouted or danced in the midst of our troubles produces Joy. We must make the music notes live by responding to God ‘s singing and dancing over us.
The Apostle Paul wrote a beautiful letter “chopped full” of Joy Notes to the Philippians. One of the many things we see Paul conveying in this letter is how we are to have a mind through which Christ can think. A heart through which Christ can love, a tongue through which Christ can speak and sing, a face through which Christ can smile and shine, hands through which Christ can work and exhibit joy, and feet through which Christ can leap and dance. This is saying we are to be a Mosaic of Joy.
In (Philippians 4:9) Paul, says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Be a Mosaic of Joy like Paul. He says my life ambition is to “Know Him.” (Philippians 3:10) “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
(Psalm 30:5b) “Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.”
Don’t wait for Joy to come to you but let us go to Joy. Arise to His Beauty and Joy will come in many forms. Joy will inspire your day, your work and your life. Sara’s Notes of Joy!
You can still read my article on Joy as well as many others:
The Handmaiden Vol 3 Issue 1: JOY! Home Page