The R&B singer, Anita Baker sings the song, "You Bring Me Joy." She offers accolades to the one who brings the joy and sunshine into her day. She lifts her voice in testimony of the way her state of mind changes in the presence of the "Joy bringer!" When he is absent there is a profound sense of loss in her life. Listen to a few of the lyrics from her song:
You bring me joy. When I'm down. Oh so much joy. when I lose my way your love comes smiling on me. I saw your face And then I knew We would be friends. I was so afraid but your eyes, they say "Come to me." So I'd say to you "Can we talk for a while?" You'd say "It's alright" When you love me, I smile. I feel your hands and you feel mine You bring me joy.
You bring me joy. Don't go too far away If I can't see your face, I will remember your smile. But can this be right Oh when should we be friends? I get lonely sometimes and I'm mixed up again, "Cause you're the finest thing I've seen in all my life. You bring me joy!
We are well aware of the fact that someone who brings joy today can also be the creator of nightmares tomorrow-nightmares which last longer than the glimmer of sunlight we thought we saw upon his arrival into our lives. Can I get an Amen!
The Bible says, "The joy the The Lord is my strength." Joy is a deep and abiding sense of peace and fulfillment that few of us can find or sustain in a human being. It is rare that we ourselves are the bringer or bearers of constant joy. Joy comes from intimacy with another, which outlast the test of time and the storms of life. However, most of us get joy confused with happiness, which is based on happenstance and is fickle and fleeting. But running deeper and stronger, joy is the quiet, confident assurance of God's love and work in our life-that he will be there no matter what! Happiness depends on happenings or circumstances; therefore it is an illusive attainment at best. Happiness doesn't come to stay. For happiness doesn't produce the strength of character which calls forth joy and inner peace. Happiness will runaway when you situation changes and you are no longer "top of the world." But I'm here to tell you today, that the Ferris wheel of life must turn and go around. None of us can remain on top forever.
Philippians is Paul's joy letter. the apostle Paul was sitting in a Philippian jail facing a trial that he knew could end in a death sentence. The church in the Macedonian city had been a great encouragement to Paul. The Philippians believers had enjoyed a very special relationship with Paul, so he wrote them a personal expression of his love and affection. They had brought him great joy (4:1) Philippians is also a joyful book because it emphasizes the real joy of the christian life. The concept of rejoicing or joy appears 16 times in four chapters, and the pages radiate this positive message, culminating in the exhortation to "always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!" (4:4).
Trouble and sorrow continually plague mankind. God knew you couldn't escape them, so He provided His joy for you. He placed it in your heart so it's accessible any time and place. When you find yourself feeling down, or things are just not going right, pray a breath prayer for God's joy to rise up in you. It will flow from your heart into praise and worship unto Him.
His joy strengthens you so you don't feel sorry for yourself. You smile when others are discourteous or impatient. You're happy for those who tell you of their good fortune. But God's joy is not just for you. God wants you to share it with others. it will make the day brighter for everyone. So if you need to feel the joy of the Lord, you can do the following:
I can pray: Lord fill me with Your joy, Father, when-
I'm sad or depressed.
I feel irritable.
I feel weak.
I'm faced with unpleasant people.
I have an unpleasant job to do.
I need to encourage others.
Lord fill me with Your Joy,
In Jesus Name!
And as always Lord: Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"