â€œSurely You have granted [me] eternal blessings and made [me] glad with the joy of Your presenceâ€ (Psalm 21:6, NIV).
The joy of the Lord is powerful.Â Not only is it described as â€œcompleteâ€ (John 15:11), but we are â€œfilled with joyâ€ (Psalm 126:3); it is our â€œdelightâ€ (Psalm 43:4), and overwhelming in Psalm 35:9-10: â€œMy whole being will exclaim, â€˜Who is like You, O Lord?â€
Roy Lessin, in his blog, 7-28-10, wrote this about the fullness of joy we can have in Christ:
Sharing a meal with a close friend brings great enjoyment, having Jesus sup with you brings fullness of joy;
having a cooling wind blow across your face on a warm summerâ€™s day brings enjoyment, to have the refreshing wind of the Holy Spirit move upon your heart brings fullness of joy;
walking through a flower garden brings enjoyment, to walk through a flower garden with the One who created the flowers, brings fullness of joy;
to relax by a quiet flowing stream brings enjoyment, to be joined to the restful yoke of Jesus Christ brings fullness of joy.
It is as though God is saying to us, â€œThe joys that come from the blessings I give you can only go so far, for they are from Me, but they are not Me. I want you to enjoy what I give you, but even more, I want you to have Meâ€”My life, My love, My presence. It is with Me, in Me, and from Me alone that you will know the fullness of joy I want you to have.â€
King David told God, â€œYou make [me] most blessed forever; You make [me] glad with the joy of Your presenceâ€ (Psalm 21:6, ESV).
However, we cannot live a joyful life of faith and obedience unless we abide in Christ.Â When we abide in Him, joy also abides.Â Just as Christâ€™s joy flowed from obedience to His Fatherâ€™s will, so too, our joy flows from obedience to our Lordâ€™s commands (John 15:10).
The joy that Jesus had was the absolute surrender and sacrifice of Himself to His Fatherâ€”the joy of doing His willâ€”which was completing that which the Father sent Him to do (John 17:4).Â He prayed that the full measure of His joy would be in us (John 17:13).Â Â
To know the fullness of such joy,
There is no other wayâ€”
But completely surrender,
Abide in Him, and obey. â€“Ruby Morris