The Joy Room-
We Delight in God
In Corner 2 of the Joy Room, Jesus teaches us how to have joy in the moment and to see His face every day. He is our ever present friend and He wants us to know and experience Him in every moment of the day.
"Come, enter into the joy of your Master..."
- Matthew 25:23
God commanded Joy. He said that Israel needed to have 7 Feasts a year. It was so hard for people to stop and celebrate! But heaven is a celebration! God is a great celebrator.
He intends life to be a celebration... and we make it hard. When you leave joy out of the equation, every evil thing can come in and attack you. Yet His Joy comes in the morning and it energizes us for the day ahead. Each day is a glorious opportunity to walk in Joyous communion with our most joyful God.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Paul and Silas knew this. They sang from deep inside the prison cell. Their joy was so abiding it ushered in the redemption of God! They sang and worshipped Him because the victory was theirs even before they saw themselves overcoming! How powerful joy is!
Jesus says to us, "When you don’t submit your thoughts to my Joy and Celebration in the moment, then it adds poison to the bread." You lose the full reality and celebration of God. You lose the ability to hear His heart of praise and healing when you leave out the joy in the moment.
One time, the Lord spoke to me from Jeremiah 31:29-30 about training children to be Hopeful Reformers. He said, “When you feed the children sour grapes, it will set the children’s teeth on edge. The most important things children need to learn is 1) how to celebrate, 2) how to love life, and 3) how to have joy in the moment!”
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,
for it is now that God favors what you do.
- Ecclesiastes 9:7
When we're in joy, we develop true love and relationship with Jesus. Relationships are two-ways – it is not a fulfilling relationship if only one person extends love and delight to the other.
One time I spent hours with Jesus, dancing, delighting, and rejoicing. He celebrated every part of me, and I longed to give that same love back to Him! This was how He designed relationship and love to flow back and forth, originally between the heart of man and His own heart.
It delights God's heart when we are delighted in Him and long to give Him love. It means some aspect of Eden has returned. The #1 Mandate and Mission in life is to bring our Father love and joy, and to make Him happy. We can do this with joy because He has such a great personality! As we get to know Him, we delight in Him.
As our relationship with Him grows, our lives are filled with more joy than we could ever imagine. It becomes our greatest joy to delight in God and bring Him our love and praise.
Development of a true relationship with Jesus is the greatest gift we will ever receive. Jesus pursues us with love all the days of our life and He never stops delighting in love for who we are to Him. There is no greater Joy than being able to pour our love and delight back over Him. This is not a requirement, but a wonderful privilege and blessing to have this kind of relationship with Jesus. We are so overwhelmed by His love and consumed with desire to fill His Bottle of Joy by delighting in love for Him.
When we delight in God, there are great results! The Joy of Jesus shines out of us. Our heart and flesh sing with joy to the loving God. Our emotional chemistry changes and we are transformed into His nature. There are progressive benefits when our souls are filled with delight. God is most glorified when we are most satisfied and enjoy Him.
Let us enter into the joy of giving God the praise and honor He is worthy of!