Releasing Joy!

Written by Rachel Denison

This past Sunday at church we experienced the joy of heaven come down. We decided that at the start of Advent, we needed a worship service that made our hearts be light. Our set list was:

This is What You Do by Bethel Music

You Have Won Me by Bethel Music

Joy to the World arranged by Sufjan Stevens

into a bridge tag of You Are My Joy by David Crowder

Unfortunately in today’s culture, this season is often marked by busyness, stress and burdens. But this time of worship marked our body with refreshing joy by reminding us all who Christmas is really about. It was such a beautiful way to begin this joyous season. 

Lyrics burst forth from our lips proclaiming, “It's always like springtime with you, making all things new. Your light is breaking through the dark!” “Grace, You've shown me grace. You've lifted my shame, drawn me with loving kindness!” “Jesus is alive and he saves! He rescues and saves!” “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy!” “You are my joy!”

The people of God are made to celebrate and rejoice in all that Jesus has done. Joy was released over us as we recounted the endless goodness of Jesus toward us who believe. This is an especially important time to recount and remember the goodness of God toward us in all circumstances. Rejoicing in God has the power to bring us breakthrough in the driest of seasons. Many of us will find ourselves tired and burnt out at the end of the year. Many of us could us a dose of the refreshing joy of heaven. And that is exactly what God has in store.

It is simple: recount the goodness of God. Get alone. Remember; really remember all he has done for you. Journal about your year. Meditate on the Gospel, because this is our reality. Jesus really does rescue and save. He is alive. Open up your weary heart to truth of God’s story; it has the power to revive the soul and bring great joy.

Make yourself this promise: your joy will not be founded on circumstance this season. Your joy will be planted in the firm foundation of the unshakable, unchanging work of Christ. He is enough. He is always enough.