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Is Joy the Icing on the Cake of Worship?




 Many Christians view the  heartfelt enjoyment of God as the icing on the cake of worship. I, for one, am not a big icing fan. I know some of you are. You get that fancy birthday cake from the bakery with all the sugary flowers on top, and you go straight for that giant blob of icing first!

We could make an argument that whether you are an icing enthusiast or not, the cake remains the cake with or without it.

Is worship the same way?

Some people are all emotional and some just are not. Some like their worship passionate and others prefer it more reverent and under control. And while we can all think of extremes on each end of the continuum, the real question is what does God say about joy-filled worship?

1] God is the Source of our enjoyment. To have Him is to have joy.

 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God!

Psalm 43:4, Amp

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.

John 15:11, Amp


 2] Joy is not optional because God commands it. Joy is the cake!

 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

Psalm 100:3, Amp


 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4, Amp


3] If God is present in our worship, joy is present.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11, Amp


4] Joy is a measure of our satisfaction.

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

Psalm 90:14, NLT


5] Joy is a sign of released faith in God.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2, NLT


6] Joy is the focus of our ministry to others.

But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.

2 Corinthians 1:24, NLT


7] Present joy is the proof of future hope.

 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

I Peter 4:13, NKJ





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  1. December 2nd, 2014 at 06:25 | #1

    I am sooooooo Truely BLESSED TO HEAR YOU EACH WEEK!!!! And More. ;) ) I love your heart of JESUS, I want to be like JESUS;)) xoxoxo ❤️

  2. December 15th, 2014 at 19:09 | #2

    Thanks Sheila! I appreciate your encouragement and love what the Lord is doing in your life!

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