Joy is not happiness. Joy is deeper than happiness, it is not dependent on circumstance, it just is. Joy comes from the Lord, He fills us with joy.
The joy of the Lord is my strength!!!
Several months ago I wrote of Helen from Eritrea, she is a woman held captive and tortured for her faith. Just recently I say a video update on Helen. She is now free, but the stories she tells are amazing. She tells of one time when she was severely beaten and then dumped back in the storage container she was held captive. She says she just began laughing, not because she was happy, but because in the midst of that awful pain, God filled her with joy. The others held captive with her did not understand, they were angry that she was laughing. Joy doesn't always make sense to those around us, but when God fills us with His joy, it is bound to come bubbling out! I pray for the kind of joy that Helen has experienced!!
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
1 Peter 1:8