The Joy-Driven Life
The Word has much to say about joy.
whom having not seen, ye love; in whom; though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:8)
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:46, 47)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:4–6)
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18)
And it says we should have it even in the midst of hardship.
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. (2 Corinthians 7:4)
how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. (2 Corinthians 8:2)
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Ghost (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. (Hebrews 10:34)
looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:11)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing that the trying of your faith worth patience. (James 1:2)
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:12)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worth patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: (Romans 5:3–4)
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (1 Peter 4:13)
Overjoyed. That should be the first word that comes to mind when people look to describe us.