Nehemiah 8:10b - The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength.
Nehemiah 8:10b; The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength.
Neh 8:10b (NIV) Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your
Ezra reads the law (8:1-18)
Psalm 28:7 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my
heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly
rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Isaiah 12:2, 3 (KJV) Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust,
and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;
he also is become my salvation.  Therefore with joy shall ye
draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul
shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of
salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a
bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself
with her jewels.
Isaiah 35:4 (KJV) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be
strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God
with a recompence; he will come and save you.
2 Cor. 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient
for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Celebration is a way of giving. The people wept openly when they
heard God's laws and realized how far they were from obeying them. But
Ezra told them they should be filled with joy because the day was
holy. It was time to celebrate and to give gifts to those in need.
Celebration is not to be self-centered. Ezra connected celebration with
giving. This gave those in need an opportunity to celebrate as well.
Often when we celebrate and give to others, we are strengthened
spiritually and filled with joy. Enter into celebrations that honor God, and
allow him to fill you with his joy. [Life Application SB]
Cries of Hallelujah
Handel's masterpiece, The Messiah, has inspired millions through
the centuries. Few know, however, that George Frederick Handel
composed The Messiah in approximately three weeks. The music literally
came to him in a flurry of notes and motifs. He composed feverishly,
as if driven by the unseen Composer. It is also little known that
Handel composed the work while his eyesight was failing or that he was
facing the threat of debtor's prison because of outstanding bills. Most
people find it difficult to create under stress, especially when
physical or financial problems are the root of that stress. And yet,
He credits the completion of the work to one thing: joy. He was
quoted as saying that he felt as if his heart would burst with joy at
what he was hearing in his mind and heart. It was joy that compelled
him to write, forced him to create, and ultimately found expression
in the "Hallelujah Chorus."
Handel lived to see his oratorio become a cherished tradition.
He was especially pleased to see it performed to raise money for
When joy is present, Jesus Christ is expressed. [God's Little
The greenest grass is found wherever the most rain falls. So I
suppose it is the fog and mist of Ireland that makes it "the Emerald
Isle." And wherever you find the widespread fog of trouble and the mist
of sorrow, you always find emerald green hearts that are full of
the beautiful foliage of the comfort and love of God.
Dear Christian, do not say, "Where are all the swallows? They
are all gone-they are dead." No, they are not dead. They have simply
skimmed across the deep, blue sea, flying to a faraway land; but they
will be back again soon.
Child of God, do not say, "All the flowers are dead-the winter
has killed them, so they are gone." No! Although the winter has
covered them with a white coat of snow, they will push up their heads
again and will be alive very soon.
O believer, do not say that the sun has burned out, just because
a cloud has hidden it. No, it is still there, planning a summer
for you; for when it shines again, it will have caused those clouds
to have dropped their April showers, each of them a mother to a
Above all, remember-when God hides His face from you, do not say
that He has forgotten you. He is simply waiting for a little while to
help you love Him more. And once He comes, you will rejoice with the
inexpressible "joy of the Lord" (Neh. 8:10). Waiting on Him exercises your
gift of grace and tests your faith. Therefore continue to wait in
hope, for although the promise may linger, it will never come too
late. Charles H. Spurgeon re (Isaiah 30:18) [Streams In The Desert By
The joy of the Lord is the joy that springs up in our hearts
because of our relationship to the Lord. It is a God-given gladness
found when we are in communion with God. When our goal is to know more
about the Lord, the byproduct is His joy. [Nelson SB]