“My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts.” (Isaiah 65:14)
Joy is an essential element in our worship. The Bible tells us over and over again to “Sing for joy to the Lord” (Psalms 33, 47, 66, 81, 98, 95, 100; 1 Chronicles 15, and more). It must be critically important to our spiritual growth.
I would suggest that the kind of joy that the Bible is telling us to sing out with isn’t a joy that stems from earthly circumstances. It is the kind of joy that comes out of a life that is grateful for what God has done for us.
Being able to put down our earthly circumstances and pick up our Heavenly joy is a skill we can learn and strengthen as we grow in the Lord. I have had many wonderful worship times when things were going well, but I have little recollection of them. I had a powerful worship experience on the day of my father’s funeral. There was joy among the tears. The Lord was there. I will never forget it.
Our songs don’t all have to sound happy to make a joyful noise, and we don’t need to forsake songs in minor keys. A joyful noise is in the eye of the beholder. A joyful noise comes from joyful people.