“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

“Grace Floods to Its Fullness”, a worship poem from L.Willows (grace, the fullness of joy, peace, reborn)

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Grace, peace like a river, swells dear in my heart.
Cover, that bends, lends all to impart.
Joy, sweet as rare honey, how I lavish the taste,
Here, here in God’s garden, I walk, I pace.

Grace comes with mystery’s partings, there, after times of the long night.
Birthed now in beginnings; aching in the wonder of sight.
Hopes wrapped in yesterday left and freed like its’ cares.
This, in the dawn of a new day, born in the light of First Prayer.

Grace floods to its’ fullness- swelled and born again in overflow.
How deeply I am poured like a vessel bent There to go.
Sent like Gods’ fine wine, into vast, vast sea deep below.
There, in sweet His River, I live in His wondrous Love’s Glow.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 1:1- “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalm 16:11 -“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

John 1:16 -“For from his fullness we have all receivedgrace upon grace.”

“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.