JOY is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If you lack joy, then you should pray for it “ye have not, because ye ask not.” (James 4:2) “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
There is “A time to weep…” but there is also “a time to laugh…” (Ecclesiastes 3:4) Some want to remain sad, but God does not want this. It is said of Rachel that she “refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.” (Jeremiah 31:15) One of the names of the Holy Spirit is the “Comforter” (John 14:16-18, 26), let God comfort you! King David’s child also died, “Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (II Samuel 12:21-23) If anyone had a motive to remain sad, it was David as he was told his child died because of his sin! (II Samuel 12:13-14) But King David made a rational decision that he was not going to stay down in the dust the rest of his life. “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.” He prayed for joy after he had sinned! “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (Psalm 51:8, 12) David did not ask for his salvation back as he had not lost it, but he did ask God to restore the “joy of thy salvation”, for his joy left when he had sinned. King David knew he could not win others to the Lord if he stayed sad. The next verse says (verse 13), “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Obeying the commandments of God brings joy. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:10-12) Winning others to Christ brings joy. “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? For ye are our glory and joy.” (I Thessalonians 2:19-20) There is also a joy in completing your course, “so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus….” (Acts 20:24, Ecclesiastes 2:24) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross….” (Hebrew 12:2) Again, if you lack joy then you should pray for it. (James 4:2, see HAPPINESS).