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This message seeks to outline the way in which Christians can fully understand Happiness.

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Seeking Joy the world doesn't understand

Psalm 30. A near-fatal illness has passed, the anticipation of enemies has been disappointed; all is well. The poet is moved to lilting praise for the swift change of God’s anger to favor, from weeping to joy. It has been a salutary lesson. For he had been overconfident, feeling immovable, until God hid his face. Then he begged mercy, and argued with God that death would profit neither. God heard, turned wailing to dancing, penitence to joy, silence to song. No wonder the psalmist is grateful.

Psalm 30:1–12 NKJV
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Charles H. Spurgeon, was emphasizing to his class the importance of making the facial expression harmonize with the speech.
Charles H. Spurgeon, was emphasizing to his class the importance of making the facial expression harmonize with the speech.
“When you speak of Heaven,” he said, “let your face light up, let it be irradiated with a heavenly gleam, let your eyes shine with reflected glory. But when you speak of Hell—well, then your ordinary face will do.”
A. W. Tozer said this…
George Mueller would not preach until his heart was happy in the grace of God; Ian Ruybroeck would not write while his feelings were low, but would retire to a quiet place and wait on God till he felt the spirit of inspiration. It is well-known that the elevated spirits of a group of Moravians convinced John Wesley of the reality of their religion, and helped to bring him a short time later to a state of true conversion.
The Christian owes it to the world to be supernaturally joyful.

A. Joy over what?

Before I go any further let me explain how Joy is manifest in a believer.
Joy

Joy as Feeling. Joy is a feeling called forth by well-being, success, or good fortune. A person automatically experiences it because of certain favorable circumstances. It cannot be commanded.

The shepherd experienced joy when he found his lost sheep (Mt 18:13). The multitude felt it when Jesus healed a Jewish woman whom Satan had bound for 18 years (Lk 13:17). The disciples returned to Jerusalem rejoicing after Jesus’ ascension (Lk 24:52). Joy was also the feeling of the church at Antioch when its members heard the Jerusalem Council’s decision that they did not have to be circumcised and keep the Law (Acts 15:31). Paul mentioned his joy in hearing about the obedience of the Roman Christians (Rom 16:19). He wrote to the Corinthians that love does not rejoice in wrong but rejoices in the right (1 Cor 13:6; see also 1 Sm 2:1; 11:9; 18:6; 2 Sm 6:12; 1 Kgs 1:40; Est 9:17, 18, 22).

Psalm 137:3 shows that the emotion cannot be commanded. The Jews’ captors wanted them to sing in the land of their exile, something they were unable to do. Faraway Jerusalem was their chief joy (Ps 137:6).

Joy as Action. There is a joy that Scripture commands. That joy is action that can be engaged in regardless of how the person feels. Proverbs 5:18 tells the reader to rejoice in the wife of his youth, without reference to what she may be like. Christ instructed his disciples to rejoice when they were persecuted, reviled, and slandered (Mt 5:11, 12). The apostle Paul commanded continuous rejoicing (Phil 4:4; 1 Thes 5:16). James said Christians are to reckon it all joy when they fall into various testings because such testings produce endurance (Jas 1:2). First Peter 4:13 seems to include both action and emotion when it says, “But rejoice [the action] in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad [the emotion] when his glory is revealed.” Joy in adverse circumstances is possible only as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, who is present in every Christian (Gal 5:22).

Joy as Feeling.

1. Being lifted

Psalm 30:1 NKJV
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
Psalm 30:1

The vividness of thou hast drawn me up is quite accurate: it is the word for pulling up a bucket from a well. That well was as deep as death (on Sheol, see on 6:5), and the threat had come from sickness (2b) rather than war.

JOY OVER WHAT?

2. For not giving fuel to the enemy.

Do not let me faint from my enemies
Acts
Do not let me retire early from the race.
Do not allow my weaknesses reflect poorly on the eternal God of my salvation.
Acts 20:24 NKJV
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
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2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
JOY OVER WHAT?

3. Of a supernatural healing.

Do you realize that all healing in your life is supernatural?
If God heals you even before a surgery takes place that is by His power.
If God heals you even before you think you’re ill that is by His power.
If a Dr uses his skills as a physician that is by the power of God.

B. Joy from what?

What caused the need to be rescued from near death?

1. A prideful attitude.

Psalm

Psalm 30:6 NKJV
Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”
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David was saying in my own power I will not be moved, giving no credit to God.

2. That pride was based upon prosperity.

He trusted in the gift and ignored the giver.
The word prosperity means: To take ease, a relaxation of your values.
In the days to come after High School you are going to be offered many times to take ease!
Take it easy from what you have been taught.
To avoid any sense of guilt.
To avoid being the odd person out.
To avoid drawing any attention to yourself.
Take ease from what you know to be truth.
Stats show that many teens leave High School and The Church at the same time.
Many of your professors will make it hard to be a believer.
Many of the adults you work with will make it hard to be a believer.
Take ease from your responsibility as a servant to God.
Where does He want you to serve?
You’ll have more free time in the coming years than ever before.
Establishing goals..... for ministry.
Remember this: God’s love is more easily aroused than His justice.

C. Joy Renewed

1. You brought back my dancing.

See the world takes you from dancing to morning (NIV Wailing)

2. You changed my clothing.

How are people to know you have joy?
In the United States we wish to keep it quiet if the leader of our nation is at the White House
In England however they are very proud of where the Queen is and her daily activities.
If the queen is in the house the Royal Standard is flying.
If Christ is active in your life, Joy will be apparent in your life!
If Your life is dedicated to God others will know it!
If your life is empty of God’s direction, you will feel the void.
Psalm 30:7 NKJV
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
Let me ask you graduates today.
What will your spiritual life look like next year at this time?
What are your plans in serving God and how will they be accomplished?
Who’s lives will you have impacted and will that be in an eternal way?
Our attention is often directed to the two shortest verses in the Bible noting that “Jesus wept” is the shorter of the two. But in the Greek we find this “shortest” verse has three words whereas the verse from (“Rejoice evermore”) has only two. However, one surely can see the lovely connection between the two verses. The Christian’s joy flows from the sympathy and grace of their Saviour. Jesus wept—we rejoice evermore.
—Daily Readings
Where is your Joy this morning graduates, where is your Joy this morning congregation?
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