Because this section focuses on God’s joy and yours, you must first remember that the Bible says that you were made in God’s image:
 
Genesis 1:26-27
    26God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts [animals], and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
    27So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
 
Genesis 5:1-2
    1This is the book (the written record, the history) of the generations of the offspring of Adam. When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
    2He created them male and female and blessed them and named them [both] Adam [Man] at the time they were created.

 
Many people on earth think of Him as an irritable, stern, even angry Being Who waits in some far-away spot to punish anyone who makes a mistake.
 
Knowing that you are made in God’s image, let’s begin investigating whether or not God experiences joy.

Could it be that God is not Who we thought Him to be? Could God actually experience joy?
 
And if God could experience joy, what would cause Him to experience joy?
 

 
Zephaniah 3:17
    17The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction], refresh and renew you in His love. He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.

 
Some Bible scholars say that the verbs “rejoice over you” and “exult over you with singing” in this verse from Zephaniah illustrate two people facing one another, holding hands, heads back, and the two are twirling and spinning.
 
In this verse, Zephaniah indicates that you are face to face with God your Father, and His powerful hands are firmly holding yours. That is extremely good news for you. Your feet certainly cannot stay on the ground as Pure Power Himself swings you around and around and around!
 
His head is tilted back in abundant joy, and his mouth is open wide with singing, rejoicing, and laughter. He is experiencing joy to the utmost, as only Pure Love Himself can.
 
This picture describes how Father God feels about you, individually. This picture is eternal Truth.
 
You can be sure that He’s not laughing at you. He’s laughing with delight that He created you and you are the person you are! He is pleased at how you turned out, at the person you’ve become.
 

 
Have you ever been watching a little child or a baby animal when suddenly it did something so suddenly, so unexpectedly, and the sight was so lovely that you laughed with delight? You were quietly watching one moment and the next moment you were laughing.
 
There have been times in your life when you did something so spontaneous and so lovable that your loving Father God laughed with delight.
 
In response to how lovable you are, listen to what the psalmist wrote to describe how Father God demonstrated His pleasure:
 
Psalm 65:8
    8So that those who dwell in earth's farthest parts are afraid of [nature's] signs of Your presence. You make the places where morning and evening have birth to shout for joy.
 

You please God your Father, and He causes dawn and sunset to shout for joy!
 
Remember that next time you see an explosion of color at the dawn and the sunset ― that moment might be yet another time your Father God expresses Himself in their vibrant, visual shout.

Do you see what impact you have on your Father God’s loving Heart?
 


You can be sure that one aspect of your Father God’s nature ― His essence ― is joy. Eternal joy.
 
You can probably guess that God is not against a smile or a grin, and perhaps He enjoys watching His children giggle, but what do you think He feels about enthusiastic shouting for joy? Through His psalmists, He tells us!
 
Psalm 5:11
    11But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
 
Psalm 32:11
    11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
 
Psalm 35:27
    27Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
 
Psalm 65:13
    13The meadows are clothed with flocks, the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy and sing together.
 
Psalm 71:23
    23My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed.
 
Psalm 132:9
    9Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness (right living and right standing with God); and let Your saints shout for joy!
 

Let’s see what the Bible says about shouts “of” joy:
 
Psalm 107:22
    22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing!
 
Proverbs 11:10
    10When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

 


When God gave Sarah, the wife of Abraham, the son for which she had prayed for more than 70 years [because she was 90 when he was born], in Genesis 21:6 she exclaimed, "God has made laughter for me, and all who know me will rejoice with me."
 


God’s psalmist said that God filled the mouths of his nation with laughter:
 
Psalm 126:2
    2Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.

 

 
God doesn’t ration His joy. Instead, He fills His creation with joy. [For more on His tendency to fill full, past overflowing, go to the section He Fills.] Job offered this comfort:
 
Job 8:21
    21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with joyful shouting.
 



Joy is certainly not limited to the Old Testament of the Bible; that is to say, the experience of joy is not limited to those events which have already occurred.
 
The Book of Revelation, which describes the glorious future of all who have invited Jesus into their hearts, promises unlimited joy, throughout eternity.
 
Revelation 19:5-10
    5Then from the throne there came a voice, saying, Praise our God, all you servants of His, you who reverence Him, both small and great!
    6After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!
    7Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself.
    8She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white--for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God's holy people).
    9Then [the angel] said to me, Write this down: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me [further], These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God.
    10Then I [John] fell prostrate at his feet to worship (to pay divine honors) to him, but he [restrained me] and said, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] another servant with you and your brethren who have [accepted and hold] the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose].
 


Hopefully, when you realize how much fun it is to have relationship with God, you will leap for joy! Or, as the next verse says, you will skip like a baby calf released from his narrow stall into the freedom of playing and rejoicing in a huge field.
 
Malachi 4:2
    2But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and skip like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.
 
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God, Who names Himself your Father, also speaks of joy:
 
Isaiah 60:1-5
    1Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
    2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen on you.
    3And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
    4Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.
    5Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.
 

Isaiah 49:8-13
    8Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate heritages,
    9Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.
    10They will not hunger or thirst, neither will mirage [mislead] or scorching wind or sun smite [harm] them; for He Who has mercy on them will lead them, and by springs of water will He guide them.
    11And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways will be raised up.
    12Behold, these shall come from afar--and, behold, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim (China).
    13Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.
 
Isaiah 55:12-13
    12For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His Word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
    13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name of renown, for an everlasting sign [of jubilant exaltation] and memorial [to His praise], which shall not be cut off.
 
Isaiah 61:6-7
    6But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours.
    7Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
 
 Jeremiah 31:13-14
    13Then will the maidens rejoice in the dance, and the young men and old together. For I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice after their sorrow.
    14I will satisfy fully the life of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 32:38-41
    38And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
    39And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them.
    40And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me.
    41Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly and in truth with My whole heart and with My whole being.


Take a moment to think about Who says He will plant you with His whole heart and being. The impact of that Truth will certainly cause you to shout for joy.

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Jesus, Who perfectly represents God’s nature and character, speaks of life-joy:
 
Matthew 5:2-9
    2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
    3Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
    4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
    5Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
    6Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
    7Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
    8Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous--possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
    9Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!
 
Matthew 18:11-14
    11For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.
    12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray and gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost?
    13And if it should be that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.
    14Just so it is not the will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost and perish.
 
Luke 6:20-23
    20And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!
    21Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who hunger and seek with eager desire now, for you shall be filled and completely satisfied! Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who weep and sob now, for you shall laugh!
    22Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you when people despise (hate) you, and when they exclude and excommunicate you [as disreputable] and revile and denounce you and defame and cast out and spurn your name as evil (wicked) on account of the Son of Man.
    23Rejoice and be glad at such a time and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven; for even so their forefathers treated the prophets.
 
Luke 10:17-20
    17The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!
    18And He said to them, I saw satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven.
    19Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
    20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.
 
Luke 19:28-40
    28And after saying these things, Jesus went on ahead of them, going up to Jerusalem.
    29When He came near Bethphage and Bethany at the mount called [the Mount of] Olives, He sent two of His disciples,
    30Telling [them], Go into the village yonder; there, as you go in, you will find a donkey's colt tied, on which no man has ever yet sat. Loose it and bring [it here].
    31If anybody asks you, Why are you untying [it]? you shall say this: Because the Lord has need of it.
    32So those who were sent went away and found it [just] as He had told them.
    33And as they were loosening the colt, its owners said to them, Why are you untying the colt?
    34And they said, The Lord has need of it.
    35And they brought it to Jesus; then they threw their garments over the colt and set Jesus upon it.
    36And as He rode along, the people kept spreading their garments on the road. [II Kings 9:13.]
    37As He was approaching [the city], at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to rejoice and to praise God [extolling Him exultantly and] loudly for all the mighty miracles and works of power that they had witnessed,
    38Crying, Blessed (celebrated with praises) is the King Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Peace in heaven [freedom there from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin] and glory (majesty and splendor) in the highest [heaven]!
    39And some of the Pharisees from the throng said to Jesus, Teacher, reprove Your disciples!
    40He replied, I tell you that if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out.


Jesus promised that His joy given to you would be full and complete.
 
John 16:21-27
    21A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a man (a child, a human being) has been born into the world.
    22So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
    23And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
    24Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
    25I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
    26At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I AM not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].
    27For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.


For many more verses having to do with fullness of joy for you, individually, be sure to go to the section called He Fills.
 
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Earlier, we looked at verses that detailed why God's people would give shouts of joy. Look for words like "rejoice" and "high spirits" in these next verses:
 
Psalm 4:3-8
    3But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.
    4Be angry [or stand in awe] and sin not; commune with your own hearts upon your beds and be silent (sorry for the things you say in your hearts). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
    5Offer just and right sacrifices; trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord.
    6Many say, Oh, that we might see some good! Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.
    7You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than [they know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
    8In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
 
Psalm 5:11-12
    11But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your Name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
    12For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).
 
Psalm 9:1-2
    1I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds!
    2I will rejoice in You and be in high spirits; I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High!
 
Psalm 13:5-6
    5But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation.
    6I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.
 
Psalm 16:5-9
    5The Lord is my chosen and assigned portion, my cup; You hold and maintain my lot.
    6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage.
    7I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
    8I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,
 
Psalm 19:7-11
    7The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
    8The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.
    9The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
    10More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.
    11Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.
 
Psalm 21:1-6
    1The king [David] shall joy in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
    2You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah [pause, and think of that]!
    3For You send blessings of good things to meet him; You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
    4He asked life of You, and You gave it to him--long life forever and evermore.
    5His glory is great because of Your aid; splendor and majesty You bestow upon him.
    6For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence.
 
Psalm 28:7
    7The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.
 
Psalm 31:7-8
    7I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love, because You have seen my affliction, You have taken note of my life's distresses,
    8And You have not given me into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a broad place.
 
Psalm 32:11
    11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
 
Psalm 33:1-5
    1Rejoice in the Lord, O you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you upright in right standing with God]; for praise is becoming and appropriate for those who are upright [in heart].
    2Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; sing praises to Him with the harp of ten strings.
    3Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.
    4For the word of the Lord is right; and all His work is done in faithfulness.
    5He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.