The Joy of the Lord


I went to the happiest church service I’ve ever been to yesterday. It was at the Rock. About halfway through the service, I noticed that several of the 800 people at the church service were laughing. I kept wondering what they were laughing about, but I couldn’t see anything funny happening. They were laughing loudly and I wondered if they were disrupting the service.

Then the pastor got up and began telling us that he had his sermon all planned on Saturday, but that night the Lord showed him that we were going to receive the spirit of joy. He could hardly get the words out because the spirit of joy had already fallen on us and everyone started laughing. Two or three women were “in stiches,” which is what I call it when a person is laughing so hard they lose complete control of themselves.

Through the rest of the service the congregation laughed for joy. In Nehemiah 8:10, the scripture says “the joy of the Lord is my strength,” and “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” is from Proverbs 17:22. Our pastor was laughing with us, but he did manage to share these scriptures and others, encouraging us to “loosen up and feel good.” It was a great start to my week!

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