Living in the Joy of GodOur God is a God of joy. The psalmist describes the presence of God as an experience of joy: “You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). God’s love and mercy transform our experiences of sorrow into joy: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy (Psalm 30:11).
The prophets look forward to such transformation on a wide scale, a day when “the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; . . . and rejoice with joy and singing” (Isa 35:1). On this day, God’s ransomed people will travel along a path toward Zion singing, with everlasting joy and gladness and “sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Christians believe that the presence of God has entered our world in Christ: we live in a time infused with God’s spirit of joy. > read more