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I am grateful for my daughter Sophie who is working on my podcasts now. This enables the Uncaged Podcast to continue. I am beginning this new year with a podcast about something we all so desperately need: joy. Below are the verses and quotes I walked through. Perhaps you can copy and paste them on your own document and place these in your Bible as quick reference. Or stick them somewhere prominent to remind you of the beauty and importance of joy.
I pray this episode challenges and happifies you!
Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 16:9, 11 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 30:5, 11For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you–I, whom you have redeemed.
Psalm 126:5-6 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.
Isaiah 12:2-3 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Isaiah 55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 16:22, 24 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.
1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Quotes from Today’s Episode:
It is the heart that is unsure of its God that is afraid to laugh. George MacDonald
“What do you suppose was the attraction that caused the Galilean fishermen to leave their nets and follow Jesus? What made Levi the tax collector abandon his booth and cash box to join His team? One answer might be: Jesus was a man of such joy, such merriment, such gladness of Spirit, such freedom and openness that He was irresistible. Today that may seem hard to visualize, but in ancient Palestine it is clear that people wanted to be near Him, to catch His bright spirit, and if possible to learn His secret, to share His joy and join in what He was doing for other people.” Sherwood Elliot Wirt
“The joy of the Lord was at the tomb of the resurrected Lazarus, overshadowing the sadness and disappointment of the dead man’s sisters. Joy was there when the leper returned to thank Jesus. Joy was there when a woman caught in the very act of adultery was forgiven and released from her sin. Joy was there when the deaf heard, the blind saw, and the lame walked. Joy was there on the mountainside as the multitudes listened to the profound teachings of Jesus. Joy was there when the little children flocked to Jesus. Joy was there when the boy gave Jesus his lunch so that He could work a miracle and feed the thousands. Joy was there when Jesus forgave Zacchaeus for abusing his authority. Joy was there when Jesus stood up in the boat and stopped the storm. Joy was there when dawn broke and the women knew that Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Everywhere Jesus went, joy tagged along.” The Tender Touch of God by Michael MacIntosh
“Because of heaven, Jesus could take what He had to face on earth. Because of the thrill and wonder of eternity, He could run the crossfire of time. Because of the glory of God His Father, He could put up with the sinful pride and unbelievable mistakes of the children of men. And because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in Him, He could carry the buoyancy of His eternal joy with Him into the time zone of Palestine, sharing it with others while carrying out His Father’s will. “Be of good cheer” — that is, “Courage! Brighten up!” He told His disciples, “There are tribulations in this life, but I have overcome the world.” Sherwood Elliot Wirt
“During the first meeting Reghardt and I had after he hired me, he looked across the table and said, ‘I have one word for you: joy.’ He quoted Hebrews 1:9 and said he believed it was joy which set Jesus apart from everyone else. . . This is a Jesus who smiles, laughs and rolls up His sleeves to work and play with those He loves.” Bruce Marchiano