As much as we may love the Bible, I think we oftentimes think of turning to it only when we feel the need for comfort or strength or direction. I know I have been guilty of that.
But the Bible is also so full of joy and happiness and excitement! Who should be more filled with joy than the people who were saved from destruction and who now worship a God who loves to bless? And we shouldn’t keep that happiness to ourselves. God, our loving Father and Creator, wants us to turn to Him in every moment, with every emotion, good or bad! He wants to share our hearts, even the little moments of happiness.
So here’s a list of 21 verses you can read and rejoice in through those moments when God is blessing you or when God is filling you with excitement about the future or when you are just filled with gladness at the thought of His salvation. He wants to talk with you about it. So read these verses, and then celebrate with Him, the author of all joy!
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 118:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 44:1 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God
Habakkuk 3:19 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalm 31:19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!
Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
1 Samuel 2:1 My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:2 No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2:8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory.
Psalm 18:1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 28:6-7 Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth
Psalm 98:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Isaiah 12:5 Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth.
Luke 1:46-47 My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
And in those moments when we don’t feel any joy, we just need to remember that these verses are still true and that resting in the Lord in any situation can always bring joy. Even some of these very verses were written in the middle of sorrow or worry, including Habukkuk 3:19, a portion of a hymn about joy in the Lord through difficulty.
Let’s praise the Lord for His infinite goodness and astounding blessings today!