How To Worship When Your Joy Is Gone

Can you recall a time or a season when joy feels far from you? The word of God tells us to count it all joy no matter what comes, but let’s be real that is easier said than done. With all that is happening in the world, many of God's children have lost their joy and will to press on. Surely, this is not God's will, so what should the sons and daughters of God do when they find that joy has left their lives and all that remains is broken and seemingly dead? 

I could tell you put on worship music. I could advise you to lift your voice and praise God just for who He is, but for this post, I'll refrain from giving starting with the cliché answer and I'll just give you the truth. The truth is sometimes joy leaves the building. The truth is that sometimes quoting a scripture only causes more pain. Nope, I'm not being Debbie Downer here, I'm being realistic. Many things in life we go through are just hard. Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here, there are times when you need to do those things, but when your heart is sick, and your joy is gone you need to take a different approach. If you've lost your joy or if your soul is in anguish and it hurts to hope, try these things first. 



Cry Out Loud to God

This is your privilege as a child of the Most High God. He is the only one you can come and release to fully and you won't be judged. See many of us have been taught religion, but God is all about relationship. We tend to be quicker at reaching out to people than we are at reaching out to God and this shouldn’t be. Our relationship with God is the closest relationship we should have, after all, He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He knows everything about us and has instructed us to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us. That's the word of God! There is nothing we can say to God that he doesn't already know, so why not say it, get it out and get relief for your soul. When we get truthful - I mean ugly truthful with God you will find rest for your soul. 

The word of God tells us that our feelings are deceitful and can’t be trusted; it never said to pretend like we don’t feel them. Knowing this we give ourselves grace to be human, but also stand on God’s word knowing that the feelings will pass and there is no condemnation for the in-between time.

Don't Be Ashamed of Your Feelings

You are human and feel emotions, you should never feel ashamed to feel like you've lost your joy. It happens, but just know that you don't have to stay in a joyless state. I love the Book of Psalms because David was transparent about his feelings. He praised God and cried out in the same breath. That's how life is sometimes, you don't need to be fearful or ashamed. God knows the fragility of our flesh and thankfully we have Jesus interceding on our behalf. The word of God tells us that our feelings are deceitful and can’t be trusted; it never said to pretend like we don’t feel them. Knowing this we give ourselves grace to be human, but also stand on God’s word knowing that the feelings will pass and there is no condemnation for the in-between time.

Now You Worship

I strongly believe that many worship services are powerless because people are burdened down. Churches are full of hurting people who are singing but can’t get past what they must face when they go back home. They’re ashamed to admit it yet burdened with reality. Maybe there should be a 'burden dump' room for people to come and just cry out to God, get there release and then go into the sanctuary to worship, that way the power of God won't be held back. Nevertheless, wherever you are can be a ‘burden dump’ room because God hears and desires you to cast it all on Him. OK, so I know I said I wouldn't give you the same old cliché Christian answer, but now that you accepted that it's okay to feel joyless and now that you have done your ugly cry before the Lord, it's time to arise and go worship! 


What Else Are You Going to Do?

Staying defeated is not an option, so get back on the battlefield! Your overwhelming victory is already won you simply need to walk it out. If you don't feel relief and more joyful keep crying out and releasing to the Father until you do! A counselor might rush you, but God won't. Remember those who worship the Lord must worship Him in spirit and truth. So beloved, it's okay to be joyless, life happens to us all. What's not okay is allowing the enemy to keep you joyless. When you worship the presence of the Lord is there with you and in His presence, there is fullness of joy! Continue fighting the good fight of faith. May God bless your joy to not only be full but to run over, so that everyone you encounter will see what the joy of the Lord looks like. 

As a mother of 3 daughters, it breaks my heart when I hear of women who have had miscarriages and stillbirths. I can't begin to fathom the pain, if you or someone you know has lost a child, please listen in to the podcast below as our Special Guest Jessica Lyn - The Path I Follow has a beautiful encouraging word to share with you. 


With Fullness of Joy, 

2 comments

  1. great post, Mae! And an excellent reminder that God can handle when we ugly cry before Him! Yes, He desires that we have joy overflowing and will help us get there. Half the battle is over when we determine in our mind to rise up and not be defeated any longer!

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  2. WOW!!! I saw at first the creative beauty and expression of your website...It's really classy and exudes beauty with great color in detail....I learned something from this post...It's really got Substance in it! Crying out to God is important!!! Thank you so much!!

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