15 Uplifting Bible Verses About Joy

Updated on October 19, 2018
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Dexter is a pastor who believes that every life is precious to God. He enjoys studying the Bible with the intent to inspire others.

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 smiling when there's nothing to smile about, and happiness is what keeps us laughing 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 virtue that should be sought after, without it, life's troubles will only get worse. But finding joy when life is hard is a stern test of our 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.

1. Psalm 100:1-4

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."

Joy is a gift from God that He has given you to enjoy.

It's God's will for you to live with joy. He commands you to rejoice. So if you are wondering why should you rejoice and live with joy - then this verse will help.

The Bible says that in the presence of God there is a fullness of joy, and at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore. This means that joy is an attribute of God - and He expects you to possess It.

You are encouraged to rejoice in God, it's His command. And it doesn't matter how great or small your challenges are. It's when you rejoice in God that you will experience new heights of spiritual revival, 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 you rejoice in God, you are inviting Him to take control of every situation in your life

It's good to rejoice in God, it's good to live with a joyful spirit. The devil can't stand it when you rejoice - it upsets him.

No wonder God has given you this wonderful virtue of joy that you can use to overcome the heaviness of your heart and spirit.

2. 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.

You can experience joy and happiness amidst life's adversities.

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.

Does this mean something to you? Does it ring a bell? Yes, it does, it's saying that trials are inevitable but so is your 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 his trials to get the better of him. But rather, he overcame his trials and sorrows with 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 grieve. It's like someone suddenly turned the lights off. So 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.

3. 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."

Take a leap of faith and be joyful even when there is nothing to rejoice about.

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 - because their enemies were stronger than they were.

But while in the midst of a hopeless situation - they begone to praise God. And God immediately released His mighty power and eliminated their enemies.

4. 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."

God promised to give happiness and joy to those who 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 lost 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 you, and restore God's joy in your life.

5. 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.

God promised to restore your joy even 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.

6. 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."

Experience joy and freedom with the knowledge that God will defend you - He will fight for you.

If fearing certain outcomes have stolen your joy - this verse will help. Fear is an enemy of joy, it will inflict your joy with misery, and it will smear your hope with doubt. If left to grow, fear will consign you to a joyless life.

But this text says that God will defend you, He will lift a shield of protection around you.

He will not allow fear to get the better of you, but you must 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.

7. 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! God is pleased with your life.

It’s such a sweet assurance to know that God is our heavenly father, and He’s pleased with our life. No wonder this verse says to rejoice with a joyful heart and enjoy life. After all, it’s God’s plan for us to live life to it’s fullest.

8. Nehemiah 8:10

"Nehemiah said, “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."

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 hope 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 captive. They were sorrowful, hopeless, and felt defeated. They were failures in their own eyes while in bondage in Babylon. And their knowledge about God, and what He thought about them was also 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 Captive. And in spite, they had suffered and felt abandon in Babylon - God 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 start.

9. 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.

10. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

Rejoice in hope.

The Bible says to ask and you will receive, seek and you will find. If your life has hit a roadblock - this verse is an uplifting source of encouragement. It says that God has a good plan for your life, to bless you with His favor, and to grant your life's requests.

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 first have to experience the lows in the valley. But while you are waiting in the valley - God has you on His mind.

With that in mind, you now have more reasons to rejoice - knowing it's just a matter of time until God fulfill all of your expectations.

11. Psalm 94:19

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."

God’s encouraging words of hope brings joy amidst anxiety.

When our hearts and minds are overwhelmed by many troubles of this word - this verse is a source of encouragement and inspiration. It gives us the assurance that God will console us with joy.

12. 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."

Joy is a 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.

13. Psalms 118:24

"This is the day that the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

Rejoice over the small blessings of life.

We need not wait until we achieve major accomplishes to rejoice - we can start right now to appreciate the small achievements and blessings in our lives. If we can rejoice for the small blessings -God will shower us with greater ones.

14. 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 times of 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 you praise and rejoice in Him for every accomplishment you achieve.

According to the Bible, it is God who has given you the power to gain wealth, wealth here isn't limited to material things, but anything that you find success in doing.

If you aren't careful, you 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.

15. Psalm 71:23 

"My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you — I whom you have delivered."

Joy expresses 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.

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        Jack Lin 

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        Fantastic verses, always rejoice in our Lord!


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