Resources by Joy

Chastened Happiness

Dec 25 GOD’S ancient people sadly provoked him with their idolatries from age to age. He was longsuffering to them to the last degree, but at length he grew weary of them, and according to his own words “he abhorred his own inheritance.” He caused them to be carried away into captivity, and their land became a desert, or the heritage of strangers, Israel became a people scattered and peeled, and on...

Jeremiah 33:9

The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Feb 6 OBSERVE, “the fruit of the Spirit,” for the product of the Spirit of God is one. As some fruits are easily divisible into several parts, so you perceive that the fruit of the Spirit, though it be but one, is threefold, nay, it makes three times three,— “love, joy, peace; longsuffering, gentleness, goodness; faith, meekness, temperance,”— all one. Perhaps ‘Move” is put first not only because it is a right...

Galatians 5:22

The Joy of Jesus

Dec 5 LAST Lord’s-day morning we considered the lamentations of Jesus; we will now turn our thoughts to the joys of Jesus. It is remarkable that this is the only instance on record in the gospels in which our Lord is said to have rejoiced. It stands alone, and is, therefore, the more to be prized:— “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” He was the “man of sorrows and acquainted with...

Luke 10:21-22

Sorrow at the Cross Turned into Joy

Nov 3 WE were singing just now a hymn in which the first verse started a difficult question— “‘It is finish’d;’ shall we raise Songs of sorrow, or of praise? Mourn to see the Saviour die,   Or proclaim his victory?” The case is very well argued in the second and third verses— “If of Calvary we tell, How can songs of triumph swell?

John 16:20-22

The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People

Dec 31      Last Sabbath day in the morning I spoke of the birth of our Saviour as being full of joy to the people of God, and, indeed, to all nations. We then looked at the joy from a distance; we will now in contemplation draw nearer to it, and perhaps as we consider it, and remark the multiplied reasons for its existence, some of those reasons may operate upon...

Nehemiah 8:10

Joy and Peace in Believing

May 20 I WOULD address myself this morning to a certain special class, and if there should be no spiritual instruction for others, I trust that they will follow what is said with their prayers, that the word may be useful to those for whom it is mainly intended. There are a large number of persons who profess to have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, but who assert that they have...

Romans 15:13

The Gladness of the Man of Sorrows

Mar 8      During the last few Sabbath-days we have been considering the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. We followed him through the agony of the garden, the sorrows of the betrayal, the weariness and slander of his various trials, the shame and mockery of the soldiery, and the sorrows of his cross-bearing progress along the streets of the city. It seems fit this morning to make a pause that...

Psalm 45:7, 8

"Magnificat"

Oct 14      Many of the saints of God are as mournful as if they were captives in Babylon, for their life is spent in tears and sighing. They will not chant the joyous psalm of praise, and if there be any that require of them a song, they reply, "How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" But, my brethren, we are not captives in Babylon; we do...

Judges 5:12