“You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.” – Psalms 4:7
My take: Yes! The joy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. Don’t confuse joy and happiness. Happiness is from the outside. Atleast of perceptions of the external equate to our level happiness. Joy is not in things, joy is in us. Joy starts from the internal recesses of the heart that only the Creator can properly and completely fill. Like the old song, “I’ve got joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in heart. Where? Down in my heart….And it’s there to stay.” Unlike food and wine, you can’t consume too much joy, love and God. And the more you share, the more you get!
My prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the source of all good and joy. Don’t hide Yourself. Or better yet, help me pull the cover off and experience perpetual joy despite whatever challenge is before me today and tomorrow.
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son’s success.
a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
a state of happiness or felicity.
—verb (used without object)
to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English joy(e) < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent to gaud- (base of gaudēre to be glad) + -ium -ium
- rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.
- misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.