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  • Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the LORD is your strength and your stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10 AMP

GOD gives Joy

  • You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7 ESV
  • Then our mouth was filled with laughter Psalm 126:2 AMP
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  • You have put joy in my heart, More than [others know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly. Psalm 4:7 AMP

Joy a Command

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Joy a Choice

  • This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NKJV
  • You shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter … Deuteronomy 16:11 NKJV
  • Though the fig tree does not blossom
    And there is no fruit on the vines,
    Though the yield of the olive fails
    And the fields produce no food,
    Though the flock is cut off from the fold
    And there are no cattle in the stalls,
    Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord;
    I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation! Habakkuk 3:17-18 AMP

Reasons to Rejoice

1. Name written in Heaven

2. Word of GOD

3. Those who Seek GOD

  • Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LordSeek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! 1 Chronicles 16:10-11 NKJV

4. Suffering for GOD

  • They followed his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His nameActs 5:40-41 NASB



  1. 4581 מעז מעז מעוּז מעוז [mâ‛ôz mâ‛ûz mâ‛ôz mâ‛ûz] \{maw-oze'} {maw-ooz'} {maw-oze'} maw-ooz'\ From 5810; a fortified place; figuratively a defence: - {force} fort ({-ress}) {rock} strength ({-en}) (X most) strong (hold).

    5810 עזז [‛âzaz] \aw-zaz'\ A primitive root; to be stout (literally or figuratively): - {harden} {impudent} {prevail} strengthen ({self}) be strong