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The Joy of the LORD is Our Strength – Neh 8:10

The Joy of the LORD is Our Strength – Neh 8:10

Here is a responsive reading using several Psalm verses together with Nehemiah 8:10:

P:         The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  (Ps 19:8)
All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  (Ps 16:11)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  (Ps 28:7)

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.  (Ps 67:4)

All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  (Ps 81:1)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  (Ps 95:1)

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;  (Ps 98:4)

All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  (Ps 100:1)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.  (Ps 119:111)

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Rom 15:13)

Finally, here’s Chris Tomlin singing “Holy is the Lord” about this same verse:

Click here if the above link doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAF5CM1pUxg

You can find a free copy of the leadsheet here, but you should report usage to CCLI if you reproduce this:

http://www.helvetia-church.org/pteam/lyrics/Holy%20is%20the%20Lord%20lead%20sheet.pdf

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

An Artist, a Song, Nehemiah 8:10 and a Poem

An Artist, a Song, Nehemiah 8:10 and a Poem

Chris performing live in concert in Nashville,...
Chris performing live in concert in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was listening to Chris Tomlin’s song “Holy is the Lord” recently.   I just love the verse derived from Nehemiah 8:10: 

 

We stand and lift up our hands,

For the joy of the Lord is our strength.

We bow down and worship Him now.

How great, how awesome is He.

And together we sing, Everyone sing,

Holy is the Lord, God Almighty.

The earth is filled with His glory.

 

CCLI Song No. 4158039© 2003 worshiptogether.com songsSix Steps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)(Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Chris Tomlin / Louie Giglio

 

Here’s a link to watch Tomlin play the song if you’ve never heard it:

 

That line “the joy of the Lord is my strength” does something for me because I know that we all face challenges in life.  They are real, often times difficult and tiresome.  They can sap us of our strength if we let them consume us.  Because we are Christians doesn’t exempt us from trials, in fact, it may do the opposite.  But the “joy of the Lord is our strength.”  I’ve come to realize that in everything we do, we can praise God and glorify him.  We can even praise him through our trials and lamentations.  It happens in the Psalms all the time.  It happened with Job, and with Paul.

 

I’m not a poet by any stretch but sometimes we just have to follow an inspiration when it comes.  Here’s my probably one-and-only poem and it’s based on Nehemiah 8:10.

 

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

When you can’t seem to get a date; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you can’t sleep and you’re up late; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you wrestle with your own fate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you try and try to lose weight; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you doubt getting through that narrow gate; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you strive to be more than great; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you don’t like your very best traits; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you lack patience and can’t wait; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you hope and pray for a clean slate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you lack the skills to really debate; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When all you can do is to deflate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you have an abnormal heart rate; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When life seems like one long rain date; remember, that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you’re old-fashioned and need an update; the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

When you’re church has a really high attrition rate; remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you need an improved emotional state; remember, that the joy of the Lord is still your strength.