The Story of Joy

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DEUTERONOMY 12:18

18 … you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all to which you put your hands.

1 CHRONICLES 16:23-25

23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
24 Declare His glory among the nations, his wonders among all peoples.
25 For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised…

NEHEMIAH 8:10

10 …the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

JOB 8:21

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.

JOB 22:21,26

21 ‘Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.
26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God.

JOB 33:26

26 …pray to God, and …delight in him, …see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness.

PSALM 5:11-12

11 …let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

PSALM 13:5-6

5 …I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

PSALM 16:5-9,11

7 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.
11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

PSALM 17:15

15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

PSALM 19:8,10

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

PSALM 28:7

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

PSALM 30:4-5,10-12

4 Sing praise to the LORD, You saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment, his favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

PSALM 33:3

3 Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

PSALM 40:16

16 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The LORD be magnified!”

PSALM 42:4

4 …I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise…

PSALM 63:1-8

1 O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You; your right hand upholds me.

PSALM 85:6

6 Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

PSALM 89:15-16

15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.

PSALM 95:1-7

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also.
5 The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice:

PSALM 100:1-5

1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

PSALM 119:1-2, 14-16, 55, 111, 162, 165

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
55 I remember Your name in the night, O LORD, and I keep Your law.
111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
162 I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.
165 Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.

ISAIAH 12:1-6

3 … with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
5 Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things…

ISAIAH 25:9

9 …”Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

ISAIAH 29:19

19 The humble … shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

ISAIAH 30:29

29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, and gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel.

ISAIAH 35:1-2

1 …the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing…

ISAIAH 35:10

10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

ISAIAH 55:12

12 “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

ISAIAH 61:10

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness…

HABAKKUK 3:18

18 …I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

MATTHEW 25:21

21 ..Enter into the joy of your lord.’

JOHN 15:7-11

7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

LUKE 6:22-23

22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven…

LUKE 10:20

20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice… that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

LUKE 15:4-32

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7 “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
12 “And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
13 “And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14 “But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15 “Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 “And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”‘
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21 “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
23 ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
24 ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 “So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.
29 “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 ‘But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
32 ‘It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'”

EPHESIANS 5:18-19

18 … be filled with the Spirit,
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

PHILIPPIANS 4:4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

10 …I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-10

10 … sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

ROMANS 5:2

2 …we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

PHILIPPIANS 3:3

3 … we… worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

COLOSSIANS 1:9-11

9 For this reason we… do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

1 THESSALONIANS 1:5-6

5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance…
6 And you became followers … of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,

ACTS 2:28

28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-22

16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
20 Do not despise prophecies.
21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.
22 Abstain from every form of evil.

JAMES 1:2-4

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

1 PETER 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the end of your faith– the salvation of your souls.

1 PETER 4:11-14

11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

1 JOHN 1:1-4

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–
2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us–
3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

JOHN 16:16-24

16 (Jesus said)”A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”
17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?”
18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”
19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’?
20 “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
21 “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
22 “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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