When you’re feeling down, it’s time to pull out the Bible Verses About Joy. We all can learn to have more joy in our lives and spread that joy to others! Our free printable bible verses will keep these joyful verses in your heart. We’ve included a second free printable bible study worksheet, helping discover your joy bringers and joy stealers.  

The word of God is the best place where we can find happiness, peace, and joy in the good and hard times. Let’s deep dive and meditate on these beautiful Bible verses about joy to fill our lives with joy-right now!

Have you ever wondered how many scripture there are about joy? Well in the King James Version, joy is mentioned over 155 times, but that doesn’t count for all the verses the express joy through feelings like praise and worship.

As, C. S. Lewis says,

“Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven.”

Joyful woman reading Bible Verses About Joy

What is a good Bible verse for joy?

It seems, the most quoted bible verse on joy has to be the joy of the Lord is my strength scripture. Then it hit me the three words before this verse mean the people were in a sad state.

“DO NOT GRIEVE, the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Bible Quote Image Do not Grieve the Holy Spirit The Joy of the Lord is your strength. Ne. 8:10

The backstory of the verse above is from the returning exiled Jewish, who just listened to the law of Moses and they were weeping. Either out of regret for their sins or everything they’d lost.

That’s when I realized: it doesn’t matter how far we’ve strayed from God, how awful we’ve hurt Him, or how alienated we feel from him; He loves us and that alone should bring us joy. We can get our strength from Him.

So lift your head and wipe away the tears and be filled with the joy of the Lord. Praise, follow, and trust in Him, and He will give you His strength to live out His purposes for your life.

Joy is Strength Mother Theresa

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What the Bible Says About Joy and Sorrow

What the Bible Says about Joy and Sorrow.

Strangely, joy and sorrow can co-exist for a time. For instance, I sobbed on my grandfather’s deathbed, but I laughed with delight as we recalled amusing events from our past. Tears and laughter are inextricably linked; laughter can cause tears to form in your eyes, and sadness can produce smiles on your lips as you think about cherished moments. But eventually, with God’s help, sorrow will fade into joy as shown in these three Bible verses about joy.

To Console those who mourn, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

Isaiah 61:3
Bible Verse on Joy-They that sow in tears shall reap in Joy

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5.

Bible Verse About Joy Weeping may endure for a night But Joy comes in the morning

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Who hasn’t spent a night crying over something, only to feel better when you heard the birds chirping and rays of sunshine pouring through your bedroom window? Or maybe you a solution to your problem that could only be from God.

Bible Quote Images Joy is best sown in Broken Ground Jack Wellman

Bible Verses About a Joyful Heart

You can try to force joyful thoughts, but joy tends to bubble up through your heart and spreads throughout your body. Joy is a feeling, not a cognitive experience!

“My heart and soul explode with joy-full of glory! Even my body will rest confident secure.”

Psalm 16:9 TPT

Reading the bible, hearing directly from God or other listening to sermons can transform my heart.

Bible Verse about joy Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.”

“Your words were found, and I ate them and your words became a joy and the delight of my heart.” Jer 15-16

Only true joy is found in God. Things might make you happy for a moment, but true joy in God is eternal.

Bible Verse About Joy In Him, our hearts find joy. In his holy name, we trust.

“In Him, our hearts find joy. In his holy name, we trust.” Psalm 33:2-1 God’s Word Translation.

The Bible warns us to pay attention to what’s going on within your heart. Based on the following verse it wise to make plans for peace in your life, when someone does you harm don’t take offense and think of ways to get even. I confess I used to do that, but now I won’t let other steal my joy and trust God to vindicate me.

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

Bible Verses on Joy and Peace

Peace is valuable to pursue since joy and peace are inextricably linked, with both being recognized as fruits of the Spirit. Below are additional Bible verses on joy with peace.

One of the best Bible verses about joy and peace:

Bible verse about Joy Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

This passage is often recited as a prayer, which conveys a heavenly hope from God. It’s not the same sort of human hope that swings back and forth like a pendulum. God’s unwavering hope will produce more joy and peace in our lives.

As believers, we are not to pursue fading earthly pursuits while ignoring the eternal foundations Jesus died to provide for us.

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

Remember Jesus wasn’t hungry anymore after he told the woman at the well about the living water inside of her? The disciples wondered if Jesus eat something.

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

John 4:32

Jesus was feasting on food from heaven, the joy of a saved soul, peace and righteousness.

Salvation is what brings true joy, as shown in the following scriptures on joy.

Bible Verses About Joy of Salvation

Salvation is not a ticket to heaven, but the joy of knowing you are saved, restored, and renewed!

Restore to me the joy of you salvation. And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Psalm 51:12

“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.” Lk. 1:14

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 1 Pet 1:8

Jesus came down to forgive our sins so we can enter into a beautiful relationship with Our Father for eternity. This alone should bring us joy every day!

When you accept Jesus into your heart, did you know all of heaven rejoices?

There is joy in the presence of angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10.

Bible Quote Images You If you have no joy, there is a leak in your Christianity Somewhere billy sunday

Ways To Joy/Joy in Action

  • Love God!
  • Worship God!
  • Love Others!
  • Look for treasures in Your trials!
  • Cultivate A Thankful Heart
  • Meditate On God’s word!

Examples of Joy in the Bible

Many people experienced joy in the bible, through miracle healings, being visited by God’s presence, seeing angels being delivered from enemies, and more.

After the lame man was healed by Peter and John, “he leapt for joy and shouted praises to God.” Acts 3:8 TPT

David is the greatest illustration of a person of a joyful person. Twice, the Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. So let’s review some of David’s joyful characteristics.

David’s Enjoyed God presence

David sang and poured his heart into God, and even wrote the most Psalms.

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11.

David stayed joyful in the trial

David lost everything at Ziklag. Even his supporters wanted to stone him, but he encouraged himself in the Lord. DURING THAT TRIAL, EVERYTHING WAS RESTORED EVERYTHING TO DAVID. AND KING SAUL DIED DURING ANOTHER BATTLE! David finally became king with Saul dead.

“when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy,”1 James 1:2

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy 

Psalm 94:19

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:12.

Bible Quote Image You will find a joy in overcoming obstacles Mother Theresa

David Worshiped God

King David set up 4,000 musicians and singers to praise the Lord with continual worship.

“David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.” 1 Chron. 15:16

Be glad in the Lord and Rejoice, you are righteous; And shout for joy all you upright in heart!

Psalm 32:11

“Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you are righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” 

David Danced Before the Lord

When taking the ark to Jerusalem, David celebrated before the Lord with wild dancing, willing to look foolish in front of a crowd.

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

David Love Others

David welcomed Mephibosheth, King Saul’s grandchild, into his palace to live. Other rulers would have murdered the heirs to previous rulers, but not David. David practiced what Jesus preached before Jesus walked this earth!

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:11-12.

Prayer for Joy

Lord in Jesus’ name we want more joy in our lives! God, fill us with joy and know in our hearts, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Thank you, Father, for your Son’s gift of eternal life and for bestowing on us the Holy Spirit as a guide Amen.

Prayer about Joy Lord in Jesus' name we want more joy in our lives! God, fill us with joy and know in our hearts, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Thank you, Father, for your Son's gift of eternal life and for bestowing on us the Holy Spirit as a guide Amen.

Final Thoughts

Joy is a choice that we can practice daily. Let’s choose to live with joy, as God desires us to have an abundant life!

When you are going through difficulties and obstacles, bring out Bible verses about joy so God’s word will encourage you and give you hope and you can move into the abundant life. Remember, God loves, and He wants the best for your life.

I encourage you to download this free printable, 31 Bible verses about joy and a daily joy tracker.

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Related: Topical Bible Reading Plan with December Bible Reading theme is JOY

Susan Davis