"“You have put more joy in my heart...” is a phrase that speaks to the joy that only God’s children can know. It is a higher joy that God places into the hearts of his own. It is a joy that is greater than..."
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. (Psalm 4:7) “You have put more joy in my heart...” is a phrase that speaks to the joy that only God’s children can know. It is a higher joy that God places into the hearts of his own. It is a joy that is greater than any other form of happiness found in this natural world. Greater than the joy of childbirth. Greater than the joy of marriage. What it does for the heart is greater than when "grain and wine are increased." In other words: when all is well and profitable; when the funds come in and the business is looking good and the future feels secure – the joy that God gives His children is above and abundantly greater than the feeling we experience through the greatest accomplishments this world affords. Of this God-given joy, the apostle Peter called it "joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory." Inexpressible.
God’s joy brings gladness to our hearts because it is eternally unshakable. The joy that God gives is unchanged by the circumstances of our lives. This joy that comes from heaven is not dependent upon what is taking place at any given moment in our lives or in this world. Rather, our joy comes from our God who changes not and who is bigger than the problems we face. Consider how precious it is that God Himself has placed this joy in our hearts. God does not take back what he has given. What a blessed truth that God had has put this joy into our hearts! It is there; now, for the truly redeemed of God. It is a fruit that comes naturally with the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). And because God has given it there is no one and no thing that can take it from us for “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable." That means that not even all the demons in hell can steal away our joy. It has been given to us freely by God and freely we do receive it!
Of this God-given joy, the apostle Peter called it "joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory." Inexpressible. Let that word sink in. Inexpressible. The joy that God gives us is so incredible, so perfect, so much higher than anything this world could ever offer, that it is impossible to fully explain how good it is. Praise the Lord!
Now go live in that joy. Speak with that joy. Walk in that joy. Go show it to the world. May they witness your life and in doing so "taste and see that the Lord is good!" God did not give us this joy to hide it under a bushel. Go spread it in your world today. And when someone asks where it comes from and why you're so filled with such joy, you tell them all about our Father.