The joy of the Lord – and the strength of the Lord

“The joy of the Lord is your strength. Your strength comes from rejoicing in the Lord” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Nehemiah was working for the Lord – and he was, also, rejoicing in the Lord. The joy of the Lord – this was where Nehemiah’s strength came from. the joy of the Lord – this is where our strength comes from. Like Nehemiah we are to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).

What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord? What does it mean to be strong? Does it mean that we are naturally happy people? Does it mean that we have an inner strength? Are we, naturally, happy people? Do we have an inner strength? The more we look at ourselves as we really are, the more we realize that we are not, naturally, happy people. Seeing ourselves as we really are, we see much about ourselves that is weak not strong.

We come to the Lord in our sadness, and he gives us his gladness. We come to the Lord in our weakness, and he gives us his strength.

What is the connection between joy and strength?

We speak about being strong-willed. Is this the strength that comes to us from God? To be strong- willed can, often, mean being stubborn. Being stubborn can be a mark of weakness rather than a sign of strength. We can become so stubborn that we think we don’t need to wait upon the Lord and receive strength from him.

The word, “joy” is, often, associated, in our minds, with an emotional feeling. Being too emotional can, often, be seen as a sign of weakness rather than a mark of strength.

Strength and joy – how are they related to each other?

Strength and joy are, often, seen as quite different qualities. We respect strong people. We like joyful people. When we think about strength and joy, we know that we need both – not all strength, and not all joy.

Where does this combination of strength and joy come from? – It comes from the Lord. It’s his joy that we need. It’s his strength that we need. We need his joy – and he gives us his joy. We need his strength – and he gives us his strength.

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