I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. —Isaiah 61:10
In Isaiah 61, we have one of the most beautiful pictures of the good news of Jesus and His purpose. His good news is about receiving double! I mean, who doesn’t want things in double? This verse is like living in a Doublemint Gum commercial! Everything in this verse comes in pairs. We see rejoicing and joyfulness; we see salvation and righteousness; we see ornamentation and bejeweling.
The mention of double joy is particularly interesting to me, so I did a little research and found out that these joys are not the same! There are two different kinds of joy.
The first joy, “rejoice,” literally means, “to be bright and cheerful.” When we are in relationship with God, we find the joy comes across our faces! The second joy of the verse, “joyful,” means to “spin around, or moving under the influence of powerful emotion.” I think the author’s purpose is to highlight, as he does through the other pictures in the verse, that joy never just lends itself to being internal. Joy is not just a smile on our faces; it is expressed powerfully through our bodies. Joy pervades our souls when we realize His goodness and His saving power. It moves beyond joy in our minds; it travels to our feet and fingers.
Let us find joy in Advent—the joy that causes us to embrace the good news on our faces and in our feet, as we know that Jesus has come, and now we can live and move and have our being in Him. Double the pleasure, double the fun, double the joy in the season of the Son!