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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 NASB95
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Before the Lord, for He is coming, For He is coming 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 NASB95
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in 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 NASB95
Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.
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Joy because of God’s blessings in everyday life

Ecclesiastes 5:19–20 NASB95
Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

Joy arising from relationships

Philippians 4:1 NASB95
Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm 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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