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Joy and human experience

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Joy is experienced naturally in many circumstances of life and in human relationships. It is especially important in the life of God’s people, who experience joy in response to all that God has done for them.

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Poetic images of joy in creation

Psalm 96:11–13 ESV
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
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Joy arising from specific circumstances

Joy because of the birth of children

Luke 1:13–15 ESV
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
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Joy because of victory and deliverance

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Joy because of the behaviour of others

Proverbs 15:30 ESV
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.
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Joy because of God’s blessings in everyday life

Ecclesiastes 5:19–20 ESV
Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

Joy arising from relationships

Philippians 4:1 ESV
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
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God’s people find their joy in him

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God himself gives joy to his people

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Reasons for God’s people to know joy

God’s deliverance; God’s goodness; repentance; the rightness of God’s precepts; God’s consolation; being in God’s presence; God’s salvation; honouring the Sabbath; God’s words; God’s generosity; recognition by God; trusting God
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