9And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
Psalm 35:9-10, KJV
Joyful in the Lord
What does it mean to be joyful in the Lord? I think sometimes we have the impression that Christians should always go about with a smile on their face, praising the Lord for His goodness. While there is nothing wrong with that, it would be unnatural to maintain that type of a demeanor 24/7. All Christians go through difficult times of grief, sorrow, discouragement, and other problems. Even Christ himself did not smile and praise God every minute of every day He lived on this earth.
However, maintaining a joyful spirit even through troubling times is quite possible. The psalmist explains that when his soul is joyful in the Lord he rejoices in his salvation. Now that is quite a different thing, is it not? In other words, the Christian has a peace, whether in good times or bad times because he knows where his true home lies. He knows that God has granted him life--eternal life--that no man can take away.
This passion was so strong in David, that even though he was being hunted like an animal by King Saul, he could still say:
All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
Christians do not follow the Lord in a blind stupor, but rather follow the Lord in the quietness and confidence of a Savior who has provided a complete and full salvation. The good days and the bad days will come, but God will never leave nor forsake them.
So, this day, let us be joyful in the Lord. Let us take some time to quietly meditate upon all of the great blessings granted to us by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who saves us, who keeps us, and who will bring us home to live with Him forever!
God Bless You,