The truth of the phrase, "The joy of the Lord is my strength," which was written by a psalmist is a truth which should not be overlooked.
Joy is powerful. It chases away all conflict, all doubt, all fear, all dread, all depression, all sadness, all defeat and all disappointment. There is a physiological reason for that.
When you are joyful, your body is flooded with beneficial hormones which do their duty of healing your body and mind as opposed to the injurious hormones released by the negative attitudes which curse your body and mind.
Laughter, delight, joy, happiness and glee are all triggers which cue your endocrine system to begin its flood of healing hormones into your body which have the power to heal and restore every organ or cell which has been negatively affected by negative emotions.
When that power is joy, you mount up with strength like the eagle, soaring above any negative circumstance or situation and you are an observer to My working that event to your good.
Your muscles benefit from having My joy. Your blood benefits from having My joy. Your brain benefits from having My joy. Your bones benefit from having My joy. Your cells benefit from having My joy. Your organs benefit from having My joy. Your family benefits from your having My joy. Your neighbors benefit from your having My joy. Strangers benefit from your having My joy.
Choose to be joyful before you rise from your bed every morning. Be joyful because you are My child.
Joy is certainly strength. It is My power to defeat the enemy in your body, mind and spirit and in your world.
Draw joy out of the wells of salvation and proclaim, "Praise the Lord. His mercy endures forever." The fact that My mercy endures forever is reason to have joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 21:1; Psalm 27:6; Psalm 32:11; I Corinthians 15:39-40; Ephesians 3:14-20; Romans 8:26-28; Romans 4:16-35.
(Photos are of four of my wonderful Grandson's who bring me joy)