The joy of the LORD is our strength, how can we know His joy?
In His presence is the fullness of joy. The joy of the LORD is our strength. We can be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power by experiencing His joy.
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
After the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt, the people were to celebrate. The word LORD in capital letters stands for the Hebrew name of God. There are four Hebrew consonants that sound like the English letters YHVY and is pronounced as Yahweh. Some translations write it as Jehovah but more accurately Yahweh is the covenant name (promise keeping or testament name) of God the Creator. He is “The I Am” or “The Holy One that Was and Is and Is to come!” The joy of the LORD is your strength. When you need emotional, physical and spiritual strength, it is essential to experience the joy of God the Creator of the heavens and the earth. How can we experience the joy of the LORD?
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
When we are in the presence of God, we will experience the fullness of His joy. How then can we enter in to the manifest presence of the Living God?
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
The Hebrew word that is translated as inhabitest also means to dwell or to sit down. When the people of God praise His Name, we create a dwelling place for God's Presence. We create a spiritual throne in which God's Spirit will abide when we praise and worship Him.
Although it is important for you to read, study and meditate on God's Word (the Bible) as well as speak to Him in prayer, it is also essential to sing praises to His Name.
God inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise and worship Him, He will manifest His presence among us and reveal His glory to us. In His presence is the fullness of joy. The joy of the LORD is our strength! To be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power is the key to victorious living. So sing praises to His Name.
The following is known as the doxology (from the Greek doxa, glory + logos, word or speaking) is a short hymn of praise to God.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amazing Grace is a very well known hymn. Here are the lyrics:
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound), that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.
Whether you sing a hymn, a chorus or a contemporary song of praise --- PRAISE THE LORD!