For the joy of the LORD is your strength. -Neh. 8:10
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Eph. 5:19
There are a lot of things the world tells us that we need; just watch a few commercials. We need this make-up, that hair product, a Big Mac, a diet plan. Oh, yes! And an i-phone. The world also tells us that we can’t help others until we’re happy. But here’s the irony: the world is right on the last point.
In any falsehood, there is often a mingling of the truth. Joy is a necessary component to serving the Lord and helping others; but the great truth of Scripture is where we get the joy. It isn’t found within: being happy with yourself and who you are, loving yourself. It isn’t found without: the acquiring of things. It’s a choice, an action. To rejoice is a command in Scripture, as is giving thanks, and even singing praise.
We have much to be thankful for and to be happy about. For starters, begin naming everything you have in Christ: salvation, new mercies every morning, sufficient strength, grace, the riches of the Father, the love of the Father. Then, start singing about it. “It is Well with My Soul” is a perfect song to start with. You might just be surprised how quickly you can regain that joy of the Lord. And it His joy that is to be your strength for the day.
When your heart starts to tell you lies about what you don’t have and how much you are not appreciated, how much others take advantage, or what you do while others are not doing at all–stop your heart from doing the talking and sing it a song. Make the choice to celebrate God’s grace in your circumstance.