In Isaiah 58:13-14 God uses Isaiah to tell His people that they should keep His Sabbath in a manner that pleases Him. The verse goes on to tell us “Then you will find your joy in the Lord…”. And I’m thinking to myself “your joy”? This clearly means that each person experiences their own joy in the Lord. For whatever weird reason I always quoted “The joy of the Lors is your strength”, and figured there must be a specific ‘joy of the Lord’, that each person can access to the get the strength they need.
Are you seeking your joy in the Lord or envying the joy others have found in the Lord? We each will have our own joy in the Lord experience from being obedient to Gods will. Don’t worry. The joy you will find in the Lord is sufficient to provide the strength you need.
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.