Restoration of Joy

“My soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation”
Psalm 35:9

 

I am healing hope deferred and restoring joy in My people. “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you” (Isaiah 55:12). Where many have been like the children of Israel, wandering in the wilderness for many years, I, the Lord, am bringing you out. In the places you have felt like living in survival mode, barely keeping your head above the waters, you will find those seasons changing swiftly!

You will go from surviving to thriving.

 “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
John 10:10


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You are arising even now, coming forth from the ashes stronger. Surely many will eat and partake of your fruit. By your fruit they will recognize you, as a good tree can only bear good fruit (Matthew 7:16-17). No longer will you have dry crumbs to offer, but you will give My true, living water. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).

You’ll be a shade tree to many, and they will find lodging underneath your branches. Surely your pain has not been in vain. “Am I not the redeemer of all things?” (Joel 2:25) I will restore to you the years the locust has eaten. I am changing your season, says the Lord, and even now I will put a new song in your mouth!

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him”
Psalm 40:3
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19

 

My Holy Spirit does in moments what would take years in the natural to produce and change. You are a new creation in Me. It’s a new day; look not to the former things.

My word is alive and active, more powerful than any double-edged sword. “It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Your God is mighty to heal, save, and deliver. I am transforming you from the inside out. Your steps will be lighter from now on. No longer will you feel your feet drag, nor will your head be low, declares the Lord! As it is written, “you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalm 3:3).

I crown you with My goodness, faithfulness, and loving kindness. Surely I am doing a new thing in you. You will be a beacon of light, a hope to many. You will freely and generously give to others the joy I am releasing in you. The joy will be refreshing and contagious to those who hunger and thirst for it.

You will laugh again.

You will dance again.

You will have hope again.

You will arise from the ashes.

“You will tread upon the lion” (Psalm 91:13).

You will come forth with new strength, zeal, and vigor, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength!

 

“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them. The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the desert. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”
Psalm 126:1-6

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