15 Uplifting Bible Verses About Joy
Joy is a lasting inward experience that isn't affected by the storms of life, while happiness is a momentary feeling that we may experience in good times.
That being said, joy is superior to happiness. Nevertheless, God expects us to live and experience both joy and happiness.
Joy is what keeps us cheerful when there's nothing to cheer about, and happiness is what keeps a smile on our faces when crying is the only thing left to do.
God has placed a great emphasis on joy. He knows that joy is important for our overall well being. And as a such—Jesus, in His final moments before His death, called His disciples and said to them "In Me, you may have peace, but in the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Joy is a priceless virtue that we should all seek after, without it, life's troubles will only get worse. But finding joy when life is hard is a stern test of our faith and resolve in God, nevertheless, there is hope.
So with that in mind, here are fifteen uplifting Bible verses that will help you to rejoice amidst trying times.
Psalm 94:19 "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."
- Rejoice even when the devil is trying to steal your joy.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10-21) The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, and likewise anxiety.
Anxiety is a byproduct of worry, and the devil is the chief architect behind any situation that causes us to worry. It’s no secret that the devil hates us, and he does everything and anything within his power to steal our joy. But we must fight the good fight of faith and hold on to our joy in God. Life's trials may stress you, but you must nevertheless exercise patience and wait on God—His grace will sustain you, and His joy will revive your weary and sorrowful soul.
You are God's child, and you have a right to experience God's joy, so allow this encouraging verse to inspire and motivate you to hope and wait on God’s consolation of joy.
Psalms 118:24 "This is the day that the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
- Rejoice over small blessings.
Joy isn't an unrealistic way of life—it's God's intended way of life. If pursue, joy has the power to almost instantly transform our lives. Joy is a free gift available to everyone, and it does not take much experience. Simply believe in the promises of God and exalt Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord.
It's when we invite Christ into our lives that we really enjoy and appreciate the small blessings of life. When Christ is in our vessel we never miss an opportunity to rejoice over the little things. It pleases God when we start our day by giving thanks for the day, and the many blessings along the way When we take the time out to rejoice over small blessings—God will no doubt shower us with greater ones.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do."
- Rejoice in God's sweet assurance
If God is for us, then who or what can come against us? No one or nothing. But it is quite possible, and sometimes the case that the devil uses people, our past, and situations to discredit our lives. To make us feel unworthy as children of God. And if we aren’t mindful to resist his lies and accusations—sorrows and regrets will surely get the better of us.
The devil is a lier and we must recognize him for who he is—a lier. We must never allow people, our past, or situations to hold us captive, we are who God says we are—His children.
In this verse, God took the time out to reinforce His satisfaction with our lives. I am aware that at times our Christian walk can get slippery, and we don’t always do those things we should. But through Jesus Christ God will forgive us if we ask—so don’t let your past to hold you bound—if you do, you will reap sorrows upon sorrows, regrets upon regrets, and grief upon grief.
But this verse gives us a sweet assurance, the assurance that God is pleased with our lives. And if we hold this verse to be true, then we are encouraged to rejoice with joyful hearts. After all, it’s God’s plan for us to live joyfully while enjoying our life to its fullest.
Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
- Rejoice in hope.
The Bible says that if you ask you will receive, and if you seek, you will find. But maybe you have been asking and not receiving, and you have been seeking and not finding, and as such you find no reason to rejoice because there isn’t anything to rejoice about. If this sounds familiar, and it rings a bell to you...Don't give up, there's hope.
Your best days are still to come, God isn’t through with you yet, and He hasn’t forgotten His promises to you. Discouragement and sorrow might be your reality now, but God has a good plan for you, a plan to bless you with His favor and to direct your life in the path of joy, peace, and success.
Don’t give up on God, He will lead you out of sorrow. If you read the Bible as much as I do, you will understand that in order to get to point “B”—you first need to go through point “A.”
Before you can experience the thrills of the mountain—you must first experience the base of the valley. But while you are waiting in the valley—God has you on His mind. So even though there's anything to excite you right now...by faith embrace this verse and begin to rejoice. It’s just a matter of time until God fulfills all your expectations.
Psalm 71:23 "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered."
- Rejoice in God's gift of joy.
It's God's will for us to live with joy. He commands us to rejoice (Psalm 100:1). So if you are wondering why should you rejoice and live with joy—then this verse will help.
In the presence of God, there is the fullness of joy, and at His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. This suggests that joy is an attribute of God and He expects you to possess It.
We are encouraged to rejoice in God, it's His command. And it doesn't matter how great or small our challenges are. It's when we rejoice in God that we experience new heights of spiritual revival, deliverance, and breakthroughs of every kind.
The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people; He lives in the rejoicing of His people. When we chose to rejoice in God, we are inviting Him to take control of every situation in our lives.
It's good to rejoice in God, it's good to live with a joyful spirit. The devil can't stand it when we rejoice—it upsets him. And no wonder God has given us this wonderful virtue of joy that we can use to overcome the heaviness of our hearts.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 "Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation."
- Rejoice in hard times.
Finding joy and happiness amidst great trials is possible. Great leaders and strong nations were born from great trials and adversities.
Matter of fact, the nation of Israel, God's people were born from cruel trials in Egypt. But God preserved and established them as a great nation throughout Biblical history.
Can Israel's story apply to you? I'm sure it can. And what are these verses saying? They're saying that trials are inevitable but so is our victory.
This verse speaks of Habakkuk, a prophet, facing testing times, but refuses to bow in sorrow. Instead, he chose to rejoice, to rejoice in the God of his salvation.
He didn't allow trials to get the better of him. But rather, he overcame his trials and sorrows with the promise of joy and hope.
The same can apply to you; because, at different times, life will send you hardships and tribulation. And all that can possibly go wrong will usually go wrong. When this happens, almost immediately you are burdened with the feelings of unhappiness, sadness, and frustration. It's like someone suddenly turned the lights off. But how do you respond when this happens? What do you do when you lack the urge to hope again?
This verse reveals the answer—it says to rejoice in the God of your salvation.
It's when you rejoice in God amidst trials that you position yourself to receive God's deliverance.
Don't mind your trials, but rather rejoice in the one who is able to change your sorrow, trials, and sadness into joy, victory, and happiness.
Isaiah 61:3 "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."
- Rejoice in God's promises of happiness and joy when you are sad.
It's normal to feel sad at times, but ideally, God wants you to rejoice during those moments of sadness.
As hard as it may seem—consider that God doesn't enjoy seeing you sad. However, He will allow you to experience sadness at times. Not that He likes seeing you sad, but He allows it with the intent that you may appreciate joy.
Sadness dampens the spirit, it's an unpleasant experience.
Sometimes, we are sad because things haven't quite worked out the way it should, or in some cases, the loss of a loved one.
When this happens, the heart becomes heavy and the tears flow. But tears are a language God understands.
In these verses, God says that beauty and joy are His children's portion—you can be confident about it.
Search deep within yourself—beyond your sadness, and allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore God's joy in your life.
Nehemiah 8:10 "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." —Nehemiah 8:10
- Rejoice amidst failures.
The nature of life is such that at some point you will experience failure. But (Proverbs 24:16) says “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by a calamity.” This verse is teaching us that if we fall—we will rise again to the smell of success.
Joy and hope are virtues that inspire strength to rise again, but without these virtues—you won’t have the strength to get up after a fall. The man that (Proverbs 24:16) describes is a joyful man, a man that hopes in the darkest hour; and he rejoices when there is nothing good to rejoice about. Such a man will ultimately succeed—because he rejoices in God amidst his failures.
In (Nehemiah 8:10) Nehemiah was encouraging the people of Israel to rejoice. Until that point, the children of Israel had suffered a lot in captivity. They were sorrowful, hopeless, and felt defeated. They were failures in their own eyes while in bondage in Babylon. Also, the people's knowledge about God, and what He thought about them was limited.
But after Nehemiah and the other leaders read and explained the law of God to them—they felt a sense of happiness, fulfillment, and accomplishment. The people of Israel were now happy, and they rejoiced greatly with thanksgiving because they understood that God was with them all the while in Captivity. And in spite they had suffered and felt abandon in Babylon—God still had them on His mind.
Does this sound like you? If yes, then continue to be joyful in the Lord. But if you haven’t started yet, then now is a good time to start.
Psalm 30:5 "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
- Rejoice in God's promise to restore your joy after you have messed up.
You can experience joy after you have messed up. It's easy to rejoice in good times, but in testing times, it's a touch difficult, especially if you open the door for the devil to come in.
David found himself in a similar situation when he committed adultery. He felt worthless, remorseful, and joy was a far cry. But he encouraged himself, and the Lord restored joy to his life.
The same is true for us after we have messed up—joy is a far cry in our lives. And we are saddened with feelings of worthlessness. When this happens, we aren't excited about shouting praises to God.
But this verse gives us hope, it says that God isn't angry forever, but He will have mercy.
So after you have messed up, weep and asked God's pardon—rejoice, because It's God's will that you do.
Psalm 5:11 "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."
- Rejoice in God's protection over your life.
If fearing certain outcomes have stolen your joy—this verse will help. Fear is an enemy of joy, it inflicts joy with misery, and it smears hope with doubt. If left to grow, fear will consign us to a joyless life.
But this text says that God will defend us, He will lift a shield of protection around us.
He will not allow fear to get the better of us, but we must first actively seek joy, God's joy.
So, whether you are deep in the abyss of fear, or just at its gates—God says to break free by rejoicing in Him. He will take care of those things causing you to fear.
2 Chronicles 20:22 "As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated."
- Rejoice when all seems lost.
But how can you rejoice when everything seems hopeless? Thankfully, this verse inspires hope. From this verse, we understand that God will fight for those who praise Him.
In the story depicted by this verse: before God intervened and delivered His people—they were hopeless. Their enemies were stronger than they were. But in the midst of a hopeless situation—they begone to praise God. And God immediately released His mighty power and eliminated their enemies.
Psalm 126:2-3 "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
- Rejoicing is your testimony of how wonderful God is.
Only God can give true joy. When we are joyful—we are demonstrating to the world that God is indeed good. The Bible says "Let your light so shine before men, that. they may see your good works, and. glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). In (Psalm 126:2-3) the people did just that—their lights shined. And God expects nothing less from us.
Psalm 27:6 "And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord."
- Rejoice in success.
The psalmist was experiencing a great time of success, and he wasn't silent about it. It's a pleasing thing to God when we praise and rejoice in Him for every accomplishment we achieve.
According to the Bible, it's God who has given you the power to gain wealth, wealth here isn't limited to material things, but anything that we find success in doing.
If we aren't careful, we can easily become carried away by our success, and success without acknowledging God can speedily vanish.
So enjoy your success, but set aside time to rejoice and praise God for the good things He has done for you.
Psalm 51:8-9 "Make me hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities."
Rejoice amidst God's wrath.
So how do you respond to such a predicament? What can you do to regain favor with God?
You don't have to look too far, this Bible verse has some answers. In this verse, the psalmist is pleading with God to restore his joy. It's evident from his plea that he's initiating with God to restore his Joy.
The implication of the psalmist's discourse reveals that God is waiting for you to take the initiative and claim the restoration of your joy.
It's okay to feel sorry for yourself at times. But at some point, you need to make demands on heaven amidst God's wrath - let God know that you are sorry, then repent and move on.
God is a merciful God—if the psalmist David got his plea for restoration granted - then so can you.
Psalm 35:27 "Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!."
Rejoicing is your expression of gratitude.
Sometimes, when we reflect upon the goodness of God, and how He had rescued us from many troubles—our hearts rejoice. The Psalmist was expressing to God how grateful he was for his deliverance. Shouts of joy and songs of praise were the psalmist’s instruments to express his gratitude to God.
It’s always a good thing to express gratitude to God, and this verse has revealed that our shouts of joy and songs of praise are wonderful expressions of gratitude to God.
© 2018 Dexter Whinfield