Ps. 137:6,7 If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy……May my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth. (May their song to the Lord leave them.)
In this Psalm, the Israelites were in captivity. Their captors told them to sing one of their songs, but they almost questioned it. “How can they in this foreign place?” But their joy was not in their circumstances, but in the Holy City, Jerusalem.
Even things in this earth can increase our joy. Why is this? Is Jesus really “all and all”? Is joy in Him so full and overflowing, there is no more room for more joy? “Whom in Heaven do I have but Thee”
Where was Paul’s Joy?
3Jn_1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (In those he ministered to walking in the truth)
Jas_1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (Not in circumstances.)
Phm_1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. (The refreshing and love of the brethren.)
1Th_2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (The brethren walking in the Lord’s Presence)
Php_4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. (Other brothers and sisters)
Php_2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Knowing the Brethren walk in the same love, and mind)
Rom_15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (the Holy Spirit)
Paul’s joy was in deep communion with the Father, and doing His will. And as Jesus said, “being about His Father’s business.”