“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” Proverbs 17:22
A Christian lady was always so bright and cheerful that everyone wondered at her joyous spirit. “But sister,” said a friend, you must have some clouds in your life.” “Clouds?” she replied, “Why, of course. If there were no clouds, where would the showers of blessing come from?”
There is no joy like the joy of a Christian. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The best of this world’s joy is but for a season, but that of the Christian is a joy that remains [John 15:11]. It is a joy of which only sin can rob him. Hence David cried, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation” [Psalm 51:12]. It is a “joy unspeakable and full of glory” [1 Peter 1:8].
Human language is inadequate to describe it. Truly, the joy of the Lord is our strength [Nehemiah 8:10]. Through despondency of spirit the disciples failed to watch and pray with the Lord in Gethsemane’s garden. Yet the same men, strengthened by the joy of the Lord, “Departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name” [Acts 5:41]. It was for the joy set before our Lord Jesus that He endured the cross, despising the shame.
Christian here is the best of all medicines: “Rejoice evermore” [1 Thessalonians 5:16]. One day we shall hear the blessed invitation, “Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” [Matthew 25:21]. Thomas Watson put it well when he said, “What joy shall the soul have when it bathes itself forever in the pure and pleasant fountain of God’s love? …If a cluster of grapes here be so sweet, what will the full vintage be? How should all this set us a-longing for that place where sorrow cannot live, and joy cannot die.”
[From an article by Rev. Michael Patrick].