God My Exceeding Joy
There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is a temporary pleasure in our circumstances. It is an emotion based on outside influences that are unstable. In times of hardship the emotion of happiness is impossible.
However, scripture repeats from beginning to end that we can be joyful in our trials. Joy is that deep down satisfaction that comes when what we know is true of God—He is infinitely loving, He is always good, He is unceasingly forgiving—lines up with our experience of God. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances because it is found in the presence of God. We can have joy in our difficulties because we have the expectation that our good and loving Father is taking care of us, through the good and the bad times.
“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your Holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar Of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
Psalm 68:3, Psalm 16:8-9, Psalm 36:8-9, Psalm 84:2, John 15:11, Psalm 16:11, Isaiah 35:10, Galatians 5:22, John 17:13, Matthew 25:21, 1 Peter 1:8-9, Psalm 4:7, John 16:22, Isaiah 26:8
When have you experienced God as El Sim Chat Gili, your exceeding joy?
Repent of believing the struggles you go through are make it impossible for God to give you joy.
Pray and ask El Sim Chat Gili to give you the unquenchable joy your soul craves.
Listen and think and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you about the difference between happiness and joy.
Meditate and imagine El Sim Chat Gili in the midst of your circumstances. What does that look like? Can you see Him working in the midst of your troubles?