Joy, here, means to spin around under the influence of a violent emotion. Have you ever felt so good you were compelled to express it in a demonstrative way?! Naturally, we see children, who are less inhibited than adults in general, displaying their feelings of intense joy in this manner. Even as adults, though, we sometimes, in the presence of someone we feel safe with or alone, feel so joyful over something we squeal or maybe even spin with delight. Spiritually when we feel the Spirit of the Lord it is as if we must give way and dance or spin under the influence of its moving inside us.
Through helping my mother prepare for VBS, I have been examining the kind of love that should be present between us and the Lord. I recently watched a film about a couple who chose to be betrothed rather than pursue a typical engagement, as a picture of the Biblical type that (existed in the Old Testament) and exists between Christ and His Bride. The picture of faithfulness to each other during this betrothal and the excitement that built up as they prepared to see each other again and complete the marriage covenant between them made me realize that even now we should be living in covenant with the Lord – not walking a fence – and we should soberly (as making ourselves ready and remaining focused) yet joyfully be anticipating the day we will be united with Him – the marriage supper of the Lamb!
I realize there is also a picture of Master and servant…and friendship between Christ and His people. These pictures may be more meaningful to guys. I guess because I’m a girl, the picture of betrothal and marriage is especially meaningful to me.
He has betrothed us to Himself in faithfulness (Hosea 2:19-20). As a bridegroom rejoiced over the bride so He rejoices over us (Isaiah 62:5). Scriptures that describe the deep well of emotions that He feels toward us have made me more aware of the way things are supposed to be. What a fellowship divine we miss out on when we don’t totally fall in love with Him. When we are aware of the great love He has bestowed upon us, shouldn’t it move us so that we are filled with great joy and love for Him. Shouldn’t I want to please Him, reciprocating the joy?
When Ezra and Nehemiah were rebuilding Jerusalem and offering sacrifices, the beautiful renewal of properly offering due reverence to God and seeing the city He delighted in being rebuilt, brought them great joy. “Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.” – Nehemiah 12:43
The joy of New Jerusalem should likewise make us rejoice. Do we know who we are in Christ? Do we realize the incredible gift of redemption He has lavished us with? Do we understand that His life inside of us through His Holy Spirit transforms us into His image, endues us with power from on high, comforts us in a way nothing else in this world can, and is a personal guide as to what pleases Him?!
Oh, Lord, let my heart rejoice in You as You have rejoiced over me!