Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
1st Chronicles 16:27
Beloved of God:
I find it ironic that Christmas is called the season of joy; not because Christmas isn’t joyful, but because, true joy is anything but seasonal. Joy has never had anything to do with what’s going on in the world at any given moment. Happiness, pleasure and fun all depend upon positive conditions – pleasurable company, entertaining activities, good food and (in some cases) strong drink. They are all seasonal, and so they only serve as mere distractions from the persistent difficulties of this world. But true joy isn’t of this world. First Chronicles 16:27 says of the Lord:
“Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” With the birth of Christ true strength and joy, which dwell with God in God’s dwelling place, entered the world.
Regardless of what may be going on in this world, remember “strength and joy are in his dwelling place!” We have a source that is not of this world! Happiness, pleasure and fun may abandon us at any given moment, or require that we run and hide from the fight in order to maintain their presence. But the joy of the Lord provides us with strength to continue moving forward, unabated by the difficulties of this world.
Praise God that “strength and joy are in his dwelling place.”