I took a double take when my friend Eric made the statement, “Joy is a choice” to me over a year ago. It wasn’t that I necessarily disagreed with him, I just hadn’t heard someone put it that plainly before. As I reflected on this simple statement I decided to add it to my daily morning ritual of truths to live by. I added it over a year ago, and this truth that joy is a choice is becoming second nature to me.
Before I added this idea of joy being a choice to my morning arsenal I had to test it against Scripture. Ps 16:8-12 provided a great litmus test:
“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely….You will make known to me the past of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy”
Notice the biggest choice the Psalmist makes in this text, he sets the Lord continually before him. He goes on to say that as a direct result of this choice, joy follows. So practically, the way to choose joy is to consistently set the Lord before ourselves. As the Psalmist ends his statement of trust in the Lord, he puts it very plainly that joy is found in the presence of the Lord. The way to chose joy today is to get time with the Lord. As we live our lives from that place we will experience more joy than we ever believed was possible.