Pure joy can be found only in God!

King David knew this joy: “You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound” (Ps. 4:7, NIV).

In David’s time, the hope of many rested upon the outcome of the year’s harvest. If the crops were plentiful, the community rejoiced. If the crops failed, the community despaired. But David experienced a joy that flourished even when crops perished. He treasured a joy that thrived even through drought. David knew a joy that was pure.

Such joy flows from on source: the living God. He alone remains steady when our world celebrates and when our world crumbles. And He offers a joy that is equally steady.

The joy discovered by hearts that follow after God, is greater, purer, and more complete than any happiness this earth can offer.

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10

Lord, the joy You give outshines any happiness this world can give. Your joy remains pure forever. Your joy endures through times of sorrow. Your joy is our strength!

Chole, Alicia Britt. “The Joy of God’s Love: God Gives Pure Joy.” Pure Joy: Words of Encouragement and Hope. Nashville, TN: J. Countryman, 2003. Print.