Psalms 97:11 Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.
Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. When our hearts are right we have joy!! It is funny how much time we spend searching for things that will make us happy. We have all done it...we all do it. Media is always telling us having this... or having that will make us happy. "Priceless" moments that we can't afford will make us happy. A face lift will make us feel better about ourselves and we will be happy. The next new gadget will make us happy. We want our children to be happy so we work hard at making sure they have the "things" they need to be happy. We spend countless hours searching for happiness. When all along happiness if found when our hearts are right with God... yet in all our timely endeavors we fail to stop and make time for God. Our joy is found in God, who loves us so much! When we spend time with God, God puts it in our heart to do right. Philippians 2:13 tells us For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." When we seek after God, God will give us the desire and ability to do what is right... our hearts will be right...then the joy, the happiness will come! We make the simple so complicated, because we listen to what the world says about being happy. And Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength...We go about searching for happiness in earthy things... exhausting ourselves.... running out of energy... wearing ourselves down to the point of being no good for anybody all the while looking for happiness. When we take time for God not only does he fill us with joy...that joy becomes our strength. God's great love for us has the ability to change our lives in amazing ways and all the while giving us that happiness we all keep searching for...and the strength we need to get through all that we have to face. Our part is really easy, seek after God, seek to know God... happiness and strength follow.