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The Joy of the Lord

Nehemiah 8:10 is one of my favorite Bible verses.

The joy of the Lord is your strength

– Nehemiah 8:10

It’s a great verse to study, memorize and personalize. Of course, as with all scripture, it is best to read the entire chapter or more to understand the verse in context. The Joy of the Lord is your strength is only the last part of Nehemiah 8:10. But just these eight words alone are amazing.

In 1871 Charles Spurgeon gave a sermon on Nehemiah 8:10

Read a brief portion of the sermon below

“Blessed is that man, who in the most terrible storm is driven-not from his God, but even rides upon the crest of the lofty billows nearer towards heaven. Such happiness is the Christian’s lot. I do not say that every Christian possesses it, but I am sure that every Christian ought to do so. There is a highway to heaven, and all in it are safe; but in the middle of that road there is a special way, an inner path, and all who walk therein are happy as well as safe. Many professors are only just within the hedge, they walk in the ditch by the road side, and because they are safe there, they are content to put up with all the inconveniences of their walk; but he who takes the crown of the causeway, and walks in the very centre of the road that God has cast up, shall find that no lion shall be there, neither shall any ravenous beast go up thereon, for there the Lord himself shall be his companion, and will manifest himself to him. You shallow Christians who do but believe in Christ, and barely that, whose bibles are unread, whose closets are unfrequented, whose communion with God is a thing of spasms, you have not the joy of the Lord, neither are you strong. I beseech you, rest not as you are, but let your conscious feebleness provoke you to seek the means of strength: and that means of strength is to be found in a pleasant medicine, sweet as it is profitable-the delicious and effectual medicine of “the joy of the Lord.” – Charles Spurgeon: The Joy of the Lord, the Strength of His People

I suggest reading the complete sermon. It is likely that you will find yourself encouraged and also perhaps very much challenged!

You can read the entire sermon here –

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/sermons/1027.cfm?a=421010

A helpful article from Bible Study Tools Website –

https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-does-the-joy-of-the-lord-is-my-strength-mean.html

There are so many portions of scripture that speak about the strength we are able to have from God.

Here are just a few Old Testament verses.

  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Psalm 29:11
  • Psalm 46:1
  • Psalms 73:26
  • Isaiah 12:2
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Isaiah 41:10

Do you have a favorite Bible verse about strength? Please share in the comment section below.


I recently created a printable of Nehemiah 8:10 in a watercolor floral design featuring pink roses. It is an instant digital download available in the Etsy Shop now and includes 3 different styles and 2 sizes.

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I would love to know your thoughts about Nehemiah 8:10.

Share your favorite Bible verse about strength

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