Joy is a hallmark of the Christian faith. You are made for joy. You are made to find joy in Christ. Rejoicing should be as automatic and natural as breathing. Here are three thoughts from C.S. Lewis about joy:
“The whole of man is to drink joy from the fountain of joy.” (The Weight of Glory)
“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” (Letters to Malcolm)
“All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, and awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” (Letters)
The Psalms resound with joy. Psalm 100 is five short verses, with each phrase full of praise.
Psalm 103 is 22 verses of exuberant joy, and the reasons for that joy. Even if you are using our daily sermon resources that take you deep into the scripture, you may want to take 5 minutes and read Psalm 103. As you read that Psalm, be sure to notice the REASONS that David has for his joy and praise. As you see the reasons David provides, think about your own experience. Psalm 103 explains why you can flourish, rejoice, and be glad.
Here is one final word from Augustine on joy. It is a short prayer and confession of faith:
“I serve You and worship You, that I may be happy in You, to whom I owe that I am a being capable of happiness.”
If you are paying attention to previous words from Augustine, I hope you are understanding why he is the preeminent theologian of happiness.
May the Original Happiness we knew in the Garden,
May the Future Happiness we will enjoy in the City of God,
Be yours in abundance today.
To God be the glory now and forever. Amen.
Joyfully and happily,