“Jesus Christ, The Fullness of Joy”, Quotes and Scripture (Faith, Rejoicing, God’s Infinite Grace)

Scripture on Joy

John 17: 13 –But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.

James 1:17 –Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Zephaniah 3:7 –The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Hebrews 12:1-2 –Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Quotes on the Joy

a summary written on the Martin Lloyd-Jones site: ” Our joy comes, not from philosophy, but from Christ. The fight for joy is, therefore, a fight to exalt Christ. Christ is supreme, and true religion points to Him. As Christ remains the center, heresy is eradicated and joy is restored.”

“I was delivered from the burden that had so heavily suppressed me. The spirit of mourning was taken from me, and I knew what it was to truly rejoice in God my Savior.” –George Whitefield

You see, the joy of the Christian is a holy joy, the happiness of the Christian is a serious happiness…. it is a solemn joy, it is a holy joy, it is a serious happiness; so that, though he is grave and sober-minded and serious, he is never cold and prohibitive.” ― David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” –C.S. Lewis

“The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.” –A.W. Pink

“Those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.” –D.A. Carson

“A soul may be in as thriving a state when thirsting, seeking and mourning after the Lord as when actually rejoicing in Him; as much in earnest when fighting in the valley as when singing upon the mount.” –John Newton

“There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.” –Augustine

“All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” –C.S. Lewis

“If the life of Christ is flowing through us, the water from the Rock turning the wheel, as it flows into the heart, it will fill us with joy; and if so, we cannot contain it, it must flow out.” G.V. Wigram

“The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. ‘If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,’ Jesus said, ‘he will find his true self.’ –Elizabeth Elliot

” When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to overflow, you may be quite sure that it has ceased to be full. The only full heart is the overflowing heart.” –-Charles Spurgeon

“Oh, what great happiness and bliss, what exaltation it is to address oneself to the Eternal Father. Always, without fail, value this joy which has been accorded to you by God’s infinite grace.” –-John of Kronstadt

“A Praise That Opens Like a Rainbow Before me” from LWillows

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I am Praising. Praising with the fullness of hâlal! My heart dances and sings with joy for The Lord for His Faithfulness and His Grace, I am in awe of the fullness of His Love. My prayers have been answered with miracles, my heart’s whisperings have been known in detail and seen beyond the measure of my imagination. The Lord’s kindness has reached every corner of my soul. He dried up my tears with comfort and sweet nearness unlike anything in this world and restored me. My gratitude sings and dances a praise that opens like a rainbow before me. Holy worship of Our King! May all of heaven and earth hear His Glorious Name!

Psalm 149
Let them praise (hâlal) His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.

Halal is a wondrous word from the Old Testament.
Strong’s #1984: halal (pronounced haw-lal’)
a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:–(make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool(- ish, -ly), glory, give (light), be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, (sing, be worthy of) praise, rage, renowned, shine.

Let my praising come to a fullness then. I want to live the “halal” of it as an ongoing experience. Halal is a verb. If I would shine in praise how would it shine from my heart? If it would give light from my life what would that look like? As it celebrates what are it’s tangible elements in me- in living, what is the tangible celebration?

What would the song of it sound like? What does praise hear when I wake each new day? How does this precious song sing of His Name as each hour as it gives Him Glory? Do I hear The Lord my God singing to me as described in Zephaniah 3:17-20? I am in His Presence. The Lord is rejoicing over me with gladness, He is quieting me with love and lifting me with exultant joy.

He sings to me! He sings to me!! It is taught that He sings uniquely to each of us. Specifically. It seems impossible but God, the Lord that I am praising is so wondrous. He is The God that created all Life, breathed all into being- Yes, He can sing in a miraculous way into each of our hearts.

Zephaniah 3:17-20
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

                -and with the exceeding gratitude, joy, and praise of Halal, we sing to The Lord.

Psalm 96:1-4
Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

“For the Love of Christ”, scripture and devotions offered by The Beloved

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To gain Christ, in the words of the apostle Paul, is the singular treasure and the most precious gain and honor of a life. He compares anything else to “rubbish”. (all meaninglessness and reduced to nothing) His Love in this passage is like the vow and a declaration of one that has suffered and knows what he speaks of.  He opens the sky and the earth with these words, both in a reconcile to his knowing sacrifice and choice. He has chosen to follow His Master, The Lord Jesus, Son of God. All else is nothing. He has witnessed The Light, The One that was with the Father since the beginning of Time.

To know Jesus in such a holy and sanctified way would mean a transformation of our hearts. We would walk with obedience, gratitude and a deep desire to draw near to Him. We would live “for the Love of Christ”.

Psalm 116:63
I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.

1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Jeremiah 32:40
I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

John 15:9-17
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 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. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.