I’m fortunate to have been happy for most of my life. I feel contentment often. Most of the time it’s when I’m curled up with a good book or enjoying a glass of iced tea in the sunshine. I felt something along the lines of elation on my wedding day — total giddy delight.
But those things are slightly different than true joy — the kind that radiates through your body and turns your focus away from everything else.
We can experience true joy through God — and what’s even crazier to imagine is that he experiences joy in us. What?? The God of the universe is joyful about little old you? YES.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
If that’s not enough to get you pumped about the day, I don’t know what is.
Worship comes in many forms, but there’s something special about music for me. (And not just church songs, but I’ll circle back to that in a later post.) There a couple of songs that spark that joy — that gets my heart pumping and my head excited about God. That, to borrow a lyric, “start a fire in me.”
This is my ultimate joyful worship playlist. Feel free to put this bad boy on shuffle, roll the windows down, and belt the lyrics out at the top of your lungs. Not that I’ve ever done such a thing. Nope, nothing to see here.