One way that we show joy and gladness is through singing. Some people don’t like to sing, however, God’s word teaches us to praise Him in song. There are 56 verses in Psalms that tell us to sing– one of the verses says it four times. Some verses say “make a loud noise,” meaning, you don’t have to have the ability to sing on tune. You just need to have the willingness to learn to sing and then to do it.
Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. Psalms 47:6
Singing is of a great benefit in your spiritual battle. Learning to sing songs of praise through your trials will help to defeat the murmuring and self-pity the devil tries to bring. Many times when I’ve been in trial and the worries have come, God has brought the song “Why Worry When You Can Pray” to my mind. And I’ve been reminded that prayer does much more good than worrying. Being willing to make a joyful noise to the Lord can help turn things around.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalms 100:3-5
The quickest way to lose joy is to be unthankful. If we begin to murmur or complain, our joy will be hindered. There is a difference between stating a fact and complaining – it’s all in the attitude.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Psalms 122:1
If going to church is just a duty, you will not be glad. When we gather together it is for the worship of God and we need to sing and praise God. If your attitude is not right when you come into services, you will close your heart off when the message comes across the pulpit.
Our joy doesn’t depend on what goes on in our life. If you break a leg, don’t have a job or are dealing with grief, etc… you can still have joy because your joy is in the Lord, in his promises and in the wonderful work of salvation he has done in us.
What would cause you to lose joy? Complaining, a bad attitude, strife, and slacking off on what you should be doing, will all cause you to lose your joy. If you are a cranky person, you need to change that. You have a choice about your attitude. If you are used to being cranky, pray and ask God to help change your attitude. Some people worry a lot or think just about gloom and doom. Cast your burdens on the Lord.
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
Paul said that none of those things moved him so he could finish his course with joy. He knew that prison and affliction and eventually death were soon to come for him, but he had the purpose of God ever before him. You will not finish your course with joy if you have not crucified your will. You will not always get what you want. Things don’t always happen the way you want them to. The only way to get through the hard places is to be submissive to God.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
What was before Jesus? It was joy. That is why he could endure the cross. What was the joy? It was the salvation of the world and he knew he was going back to heaven. What do we have to look forward to? We have the same goals – helping others be saved and the reward of heaven. We must be willing to go through the trials in a right way in order to be a testimony to the world. Those around us need to see joy in us.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11
Jesus said he wants his joy to remain in us. Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit. When we get saved, we have joy because our sins are forgiven. When we get sanctified, our joy needs to be full. Life is full of trials and heartaches and the Devil wants us to get sidetracked with them.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:34-36
The devil is trying to ensnare every one of us. This scripture says that a snare will come on all who dwell on the face of the earth. We need to watch so we are aware of that snare. To be overcharged means to be overly concerned about the things pertaining to this life. When that happens, we will not have the joy and peace that God wants us to have.
Now the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13