In Genesis God lets us know that He wants Joy for us.
Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
See how in Nehemiah God urges us to let go of our grief and move toward joy because it will give us strength.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
But even if we are troubled and don’t sense any joy – God will find us.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Do you want to experience joy?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You can find joy in God’s Salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.