Do We Have to Work at Our " JOY " ? I think a lot of people get the word "joy " and' Happiness " mixed up . Myself , if we are a Christian we should not have to work at our " Joy ' . Because joy comes from the Lord and is deeply embedded in our spirit . I have heard Christians say they have lost their joy . But if they are depressed , or lonely , or anxious , I can understnd why they say that . But I don't believe we ever loose our joy and in the midst of our problems we can still praise God in song and worship and prayer and somehow that joy rejuvenates and we are reminded that we nver loose the joy of the Lord . The joy of the Lord is my strength . Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." " Happiness" on the other hand is from the world as people say they are happy in the pleasures that the world has to offer but we all know that they are a temporary quick fix that is offered by satan . So , I have the joy , joy , joy down in my heart as that little song says . So lets say with the psalmist ....Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.