Psalm 47:1-7 O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the VOICE OF JOY. For the LORD Most High is to be feared (awesome, worthy of reverence), A great King over all the earth… Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
The Hebrew word for JOY in this passage is rinnah. It has the letters rush, nun, and Hei. These letter mean: I choose and decide to humble myself (bowing) before God, and breathe out praises to Him!
Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
Last Saturday our church called a separate time of worship, apart from our normal church service. This was a glorious time of us lifting up our voices in great JOY to our Lord and King. I was so encouraged that the sanctuary was packed with voices of JOY, who chose to bow to God and sing His praises! God deserves our worship, and He was receiving it! Those songs of worship have been replaying in my mind ever since then, continually filing my heart with JOY.
God takes great delight when we offer up praise to Him,
Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is our strength!
The word strength means a fortified place. When our voice is joyfully speaking out praises to Almighty God, our minds are strengthened and protected.
Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.