Friday, October 12, 2007

inexpressible joy Sing for joy! Shout for joy! Rejoice!! You complete my joy. Inexpressible Joy. Everlasting joy. Fullness of joy. Mourning into dancing; sorrow into gladness. Joy comes in the morning! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! Those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You put this joy in my heart! You have made me glad! At the works of Your hands I sing for joy. You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy. Fullness of joy can be found in Your presence alone. You make known to me the path of life. I believe in You, and I rejoice with joy that is inexpressible. Inexpressible Joy. Everlasting joy. Fullness of joy. You complete my joy. Sing for joy! Shout for joy! Oh, my soul, REJOICE! Right after Christ rescued me from a dark time of depression, I kept a "Joy Journal" and a "Hope List." My joy journal is a collection of Scriptures that talk about joy and gladness and is filled with prayers of thankfulness. The cry of my heart day after day was "restore unto me the joy of my salvation." And, really I think there was no greater period of joy in my life then immediately after being lifted from that pit of depression. My heart aches for those who know not joy. How I long for them to know personally, intimately the One who turns sorrow into gladness, mourning into dancing, and tears into joy because of who He is and the works He has done! I am so glad the Holy Spirit is able to fill us with joy even when we are in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am glad He enables us to delight in the pleasures that are in His right hand and to smile at the simple things He so often blesses our day-to-lives with. He truly is the real joy-giver . . . in, oh, so many ways! My prayer for you today if you are reading this is "may the God of hope fill you with all joy" for their truly is nothing sweeter. The collection of Scripture comes from the following verses (in no particular order): Psalm 92:4, Psalm 67:4, Proverbs 10:28, Psalm 67:4, Psalm 63:7, Psalm 65:8, Psalm 4:7, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 20:5 and others, Psalm 5:11 and others, Psalm 21:6, Psalm 30:5, 1 Peter 1:8, Romans 15:13, and Psalm 51:12. This post was submitted to the Carnival of Beauty sponsored by following an unknown path. This week the theme is The Beauty of Joy and is being hosted by Vicki at Windows to my Soul. Join us next week for The Beauty of Peace over at Sara's Stones of Remembrance.

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