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Joy of God

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God rejoices in the well-being and faithfulness of his covenant people, and in the repentance and conversion of sinners. He brings joy to his people, who rejoice in his presence and faithfulness.

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God is the source of joy

Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
See also ; ; ; ; ;

God rejoices in the restoration of his people

Jeremiah 32:41 ESV
I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
See also He rejoices as does a bridegroom; ; He rejoices as does a father;

Joy can be found in the heavenly presence of God

1 Chronicles 16:27 ESV
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

At creation:

over sinners who repent

Causes of God’s joy

His own works

Jeremiah 9:24 ESV
but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

His chosen servant

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Jesus Christ


The restored temple

Haggai 1:8 ESV
Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord.

His people and their worship

Psalm 149:4–9 ESV
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! This is honor for all his godly ones. Praise the Lord!
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Deuteronomy 30:9 ESV
The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers,

Obedience, honesty and integrity

See also ; ; ;

God’s face shining on his people

When God’s face shines on his people his divine pleasure and joy is implied.
See also; 80:19; 119:135

By contrast God’s face is against evil, showing his displeasure:

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