It may be said of Christians that they do in fact rejoice; they are happy. The people of the world often suppose that religion makes its professors sad and melancholy. That there are those who have not great comfort in their religion, no one indeed can doubt; but this arises from several causes entirely independent of their religion. Some have melancholy temperaments, and are not happy in anything. Some have little evidence that they are Christians, and their sadness arises not from religion, but from the want of it. But that true religion does make its possessors happy…
-Albert Barnes (1798-1870)
1 Peter 1:8
Are you full of joy in your relationship with Christ? Have you found that the joy of your salvation has lost its glory?
David found himself in misery from sinful choices. His prayer of repentance included the appeal, “restore unto me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
We receive God’s Word with joy (Matthew 13:20). Heaven has great joy when sinners are born again (Luke 15:7). Jesus desires for us to live with overflowing joy (John 15:11). We see throughout the Bible our salvation should be an abundantly joyful salvation. However, throughout life and circumstances, our joy decreases, and like David we must come to Christ for a restoration of joy.
Peter describes this level of joy we ought to have. It is inexpressible and full of glory. It is unspeakable and unimaginable joy. It is joy that is described in Psalm 126, a joy that fills my mouth with laughter. There is no other way to speak of this joy, but to laugh. And this overflowing laughter is full of praise, honor, and is magnifying God. Have you been filled with such inexpressible joy? “God is most glorified when I am most satisfied with Him” (John Piper).