Joy preserves spiritual life
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isa. 12:3).
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psa. 85:6).
Rejoicing is the salt of our salvation. It keeps it. Joy is almost the first blessing that comes with the new birth. Relief from anguish may precede it; peace may forerun it, but as soon as the soul can be trusted with it, the gracious joy of God comes streaming into the soul. Joy in the Name of the Lord! It is even more than the birthright of salvation; it is an integral part of it. And so when joy in God wavers or disappears, we must look to our soul’s safety.
Whatever His love may take from us, He must always leave us Himself, and while He is the God of all comfort, of hope, of consolation, of peace, He can always fill us with joy while we believe.
—Elizabeth S. Brengle.