1070 God, joy of

1070 God, joy of

God rejoices in the well-being and faithfulness of his covenant people, and in the repentance and conversion of sinners. He brings joy to his people, who rejoice in his presence and faithfulness.

God is the source of joy

Ps 37:4 See also 1Sa 2:1; Ne 1:11; Ne 12:43; Isa 61:10; Jn 15:11; Php 4:4

God rejoices in the restoration of his people

Jer 32:41 See also Isa 62:4-5 He rejoices as does a bridegroom; Isa 65:19; Jer 31:20 He rejoices as does a father; Zep 3:17

Joy can be found in the heavenly presence of God

1Ch 16:27 At creation: Job 38:4-7; Pr 8:30-31
Lk 15:7 over sinners who repent

Causes of God’s joy

His own works Jer 9:24

His chosen servant Mt 12:18; Isa 42:1; Heb 1:9; Ps 45:7

Jesus Christ Mt 3:17 pp Mk 1:11 pp Lk 3:22; Mt 17:5

The restored temple Hag 1:8

His people and their worship Ps 149:4-9 See also Ps 69:30-31

Repentance Dt 30:9

Obedience, honesty and integrity 1Sa 15:22; Pr 12:22 See also 1Ch 29:17; Ps 147:10-11; Pr 11:1,20

God’s face shining on his people

Nu 6:25 When God’s face shines on his people his divine pleasure and joy is implied.
Ps 67:1 See also Ps 80:19; Ps 119:135 By contrast God’s face is against evil, showing his displeasure: Ps 34:16; 1Pe 3:12

See also

1125God, righteousness
1255face of God
1255face of God
1315God as redeemer
1320God as Saviour
2039Christ, joy of
3020Holy Spirit, joy of
6650finding
8283joy
8460pleasing God

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