Nehemiah 8:9-12 (NKJV) 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.

A clear reading and understanding of the Law ought to convict us of our sins. It out to lead us to repentance. And to weep for joy because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins. This message of salvation that the Word of God gives to us ought to bring us to Christ. It ought to mean something to us, and it ought to have an effect on our lives. It ought to fill our hearts with joy, and make us want to share it with others. And it ought to make us want to do something for Jesus. The joy that we have in Christ ought to make us do good for others. For the joy of the Lord is our strength. Just as the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Because of this, we ought to “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice.” This is what the Word of God does for us, it makes us joyful. This is why the Apostle John wrote “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:4 NKJV). We ought to have a whole lot of joy reading and studying God’s Word. It ought to bring joy into our lives. My friend, the Word of God can have a joyful effect on all of us if we will let it.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.