Is. 61:10 ¶ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
People of the world rejoice in all sorts of things. Some rejoice because it happens to be Friday, others it may be a vacation that fills them with joy. There is winning the lottery joy, new boyfriend or girlfriend joy; there is even who dat joy when the Saints are on their game. Everybody is looking for that illusive life filled with joy that seems to always be just out of reach. The joy that we are actually looking for is found in the last place a worldly man would look, joy unspeakable is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the gospel we find forgiveness for the unthinkable, power to be a different kind of person, and access into the presence of God Himself which is a place of indescribable bliss. There is a place of joy made available to us in Christ that will satisfy totally and finally. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this supernatural joy.
“Upon this account I will greatly rejoice in the Lord. Those that rejoice in God have cause to rejoice greatly, and we need not fear running into an extreme in the greatness of our joy when we make God the gladness of our joy….. There is just matter for this joy, and all the reason in the world why it should terminate in God; for salvation and righteousness are wrought out and brought in, and the church is clothed with them….Christ has clothed his church with an eternal salvation (and that is truly great) by clothing it with the righteousness both of justification and sanctification.”
So what are you happy about today? Your source of joy tells a lot about the condition of your soul. Actually, salvation will change the object of your joy and that will become your testimony. The alcoholic who longs for his drink finds joy in another kind of drink, the living water of the Holy Spirit. The soul who has been tormented by the nagging attraction of lust is suddenly satisfied in the incredible embrace of Christ. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and you too will be surprised by the joy that flows from His presence.