As a parent who is walking in the truth there truly is no greater joy then to know that your children or walking in the truth also. Likewise, as a minister (which are little more then spiritual parents) l can attest that nothing brings you more joy then to see your disciples walking on their own firmly planted in the truth. How much more then does it bring joy to our Heavenly Father when His children also walk in the truth? And since the joy of the Lord is our strength, then our faith in His truth brings not only Him joy, but us power! For when we come to read the truth of God’s word and walk it out in faith, we align ourselves with God. When we try to make things work our way, we are telling God to align Himself with us. He will not, but I assure you that another spirit will. This grieves God greatly. In this we can see the simple truth of both what grieves God and what brings Him joy. Trusting in what you think and expecting God to align with it grieves Him, while trusting in what He says (which is the truth) and aligning yourself with Him in faith brings Him joy which causes Him to joyfully send you the gift of His Holy Spirit and all the strength of it, which at its root is grace, God’s favor, power, and divine leading influence filling your heart, changing your life, and making all things new.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” – Revelation 21:5
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel 36:26-27
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:21-32
“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:8-10