It’s genuinely hard for me to understand how someone who claims to be walking with God can be grumpy or depressed most of the time. Joy is an inward attitude that has God as its object and its source. It goes much deeper than happiness, and can be present even in the midst of pain.

1. Read Nehemiah 8:9-10.
  a) Why were the people mourning and weeping?
  b) What did the leaders tell the people to do instead of grieving?
  c) How could they possibly do this?

2. In Psalm 51, David said he had lost his joy. Tell what event(s) led to David's writing this psalm by reading 2 Samuel 11 through 2 Samuel 12:14.

3. What are the things David requested of God in Psalm 51 to help him get his joy back?
  c) (v. 9)
  d) (v. 10)
  e) (v. 11)
  f) (v. 12)

4. What will be the result if we confess our sins as David did? (1 John 1:9)
  Will the Lord then restore the joy of our salvation?

5. In Romans 12:12, Paul says we serve God by rejoicing in
  , not by rejoicing in results.
  Difficult times are not an excuse to lose our joy.

6. According to James 1:2, problems or tribulations are an occasion for
  , not discouraged resignation. 

7. When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, the fruit of the flesh might be despair, anger, depression, disappointment, disillusionment, fear or maybe panic.

But Galatians 5:22 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit, even in stressful times, is


8. What is the source of our joy? (Philippians 4:4)
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