Not all joy is alike.
The origin of your joy has massive implications for the quality and character of your joy. Much of the time our joy is fleeting because it is connected to circumstances which are constantly shifting. For example–when the Toronto Blue Jays win, I am joyful. But if they lose the very next day, my joy in their previous win dissipates.
Joy from some sources have a better quality than joy from other sources. I would contend that the best joy in the world has its origin in God. King David affirms the same in Psalm 4 when he writes:
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:7,8)
David compares the joy that the Lord has given to him with the joy that comes from worldly gain. His conclusion: No contest! Superior joy comes from God. Enduring joy comes from God. Joy that transcends our circumstances comes from God.
That’s the kind of joy I strive after each and every day. On Sunday July 5 at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well we examined Psalm 4 with a view to gaining this joy. Have a listen to the audio below. Superior joy is within your reach!