22 Jan

And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  Nehemiah 8: 9, 10

Strength here means place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold, and harbor.  It is that safe place we arrive at when we are confident in God’s love.  The joy of the Lord is not a worldly, fleshly joy, but holy and spiritual, the joy of the Lord, joy in the goodness of God, under the direction and government of the grace of God, joy arising from our interest in the love and favour of God and the tokens of his favor. (Mathew Henry)

So our strength is the safe place we come to when we rejoice in our Lord, all that He is, and all that He gives us.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength. –Corrie ten Boom

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