It was HIS extravagant love that caused Him to endure the cross, to die in our place. It was the joy that was set before Him, that caused Him to endure and finish the work.
He left His joy for us. John 15:11 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
His higher way to endure is through joy. James 1:2 in the J B Philips says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”
When a friend of mine unexpectedly shows up at my house, it is a joyful occasion. I welcome them with a warm embrace to express my delight that they chose to grace me with their presence.
Trials are always unexpected. Do we welcome them like a friend? His joy is in us. It is His extravagant gift for endurance. I woke up with this song.
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;
Love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music leads us sunward, n the triumph song of life.