Nehemiah 8:10b says, “for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is based on what is happening in this moment of time. Joy on the other hand is that abiding sense that God is in control and all is well or will in the end be well. I take great joy in the fact that my joy is based on God and Who He is and not on my personal circumstances or happenstance.
Rejoicing is a commandment for the Christian not a choice. Today I am choosing to obey God’s commandment and rejoice and take joy in the Lord.