Dear God, I need joy. I also need strength for today . . . even the desire to get out of bed. I feel tired, weak, my body aches, and I’m wondering how I’ll make it through today. Please help me.
Have you ever prayed words like this?
I’ve prayed similar prayers. But it’s more and more rare! The Joy of the Lord is now my strength, Hallelujah! 😊
Chronic pain, chronic illness, depression, fatigue, fear, anxiety, stress—these are all words that act like a thief in the night, creeping into our lives, and robbing us of joy and strength. This thief has broken into the homes and hearts of countless lives—men, women, and even children! I wish I had 3 easy steps to relieve everyone’s pain. I wish I had something, anything, to make all our pains go away, far, far, away . . . but I don’t. But I have something better, a word from above, and this word is worth gold!
The Joy of the Lord is my strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)
The joy of the Lord keeps the thief at bay, because JOY EQUALS STRENGTH! The strong man, the devil, cannot steal your joy when it’s rooted in Christ. For “greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world!” (1 John 4:4) Hallelujah!
Dear friends, all who are suffering from chronic pain, chronic illness, depression, or anything else— the JOY OF THE LORD can be your strength today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter!
How do you get joy?
I can find temporary joy in a morsel of delicious chocolate, and many of you have found things that relieve pain and loneliness temporarily. But the deep yearning for lasting inner joy and peace can only be found in God . . . not in food, not in people, not in our work or hobbies, not in alcohol or drugs. JOY is a “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23)—it’s found IN GOD. So seek God (fall in love with Jesus), and you’ll find JOY.
“Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, not a fruit of circumstances.” —Neil Anderson
Look at this image of the man lifting his arms.
Imagine yourself doing the same. To get joy you begin simply by asking God. He longs to give good gifts to His children. Then trust Him, wait on Him, and continually lift your burdens to the Lord (minute by minute if needed), casting all your cares upon His shoulders, for He cares for you!
After listening to the song, take a moment to meditate on these verses. May God’s Word be health to your bones, and may the song lift your spirit and enable you to trust in Him!
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” —Nehemiah 8:10
The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. —Psalm 28:7