A Happy Christian is a Spiritual Christian



Where the Holy Spirit is allowed to manifest his presence, joy is also present.

A few of my friends can really make me laugh. They are just fun to be around. Because of that, I always looked forward to seeing them. When David committed his sin with Bathsheba and Nathan rebuked him, he repented. As David confessed his sins in Psalm 51, he asked for specific things. One of those things that he wanted was joy. King David took for granted that salvation always brought joy and to lose that joy was to lose one of the most important things in life. He also asked that he would be sustained with a willing Spirit according to the New American Standard Bible. I would translate it instead as a noble Spirit.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, And with a Noble Spirit sustain me. (Psalm 51:12)

So the Holy Spirit, as a noble Spirit, is joined to the thought of the joy of salvation. In Scripture, the Holy Spirit and joy commonly go together like some of my friends and laughter go together. The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 is love, joy, and peace. As it is in the New Testament, so it is in the Old Testament. Where the Holy Spirit is allowed to manifest his presence, joy is also present. The Holy Spirit is not the Spirit of guilt and shame and worthlessness, but the Spirit of joy and peace and wealth.

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