Serving God with Joy
“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.”
Deuteronomy 28:47-48
God wants us to serve Him with joy in our hearts. Any service rendered to Him without joy is useless and unacceptable. It is brutally dangerous and counterproductive to serve God without joy. Joy is a spiritual tool or instrument that we use to access our provisions in the covenant. The Bible says, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Isaiah 12:3
I’m yet to see someone getting things from God through complaining and murmuring. Your joylessness could rob you of your blessings! You are meant to serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits and blessings which you have received and still receiving from Him. In the light of the passage under review, you must resolve to serve God with joy so that you will not serve your enemies. If you don’t want to be hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything or be destroyed, you better decide now to serve Him with joy. For goodness sake, why must you appear before God with sad countenance or sorrowful look. God does not force anyone to serve, so why must you serve as if you are being cajoled or compelled. Love is the basis for service in the kingdom. We must be love-driven or motivated to serve with joy. Do you love God truly? Do you know the benefit of serving Him with gladness and rejoicing? If you know, your attitude and action will always depict a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. You will make it your key goal to be joyful always! Don’t forget to be joyful is a choice! You just have to be deliberate about it. There are several reasons why we must serve God with joy and rejoicing in our hearts; but let’s consider just 5 reasons:
1. Because it is an instruction!
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4
2. Because of divine restoration!
“… when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.”
Psalms 14:7
3. Because God has been our source of help!
“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
Psalms 63:7
4. Because God Himself makes us to rejoice with great joy
“… for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced…”
Nehemiah 12:43
5. Because of garments of salvation
“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…”
Isaiah 61:10
I decree and declare that you will always serve God with joy and gladness in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe