Ps.43:4 – Then I will come closer to your very altar until I come before you, the God of my ecstatic joy! I will praise you with the harp that plays in my heart, to you, my God, my magnificent God!
God Himself is my joy. This kind of language can only be spoken by those who have tasted His goodness for themselves. There is no way you can learn about this joy from someone else and believe in it, you have to taste it for yourself. David said that God was his ecstatic joy. This is a spiritual joy that has nothing to do with all of our earthly benefits. This is the solution for fear and sadness of heart. Our hearts commune with God and drink deeply of His goodness, this is where we experience this bliss for ourselves. The result is exuberant worship and celebration. That’s why David said that there was a harp in his heart. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.
“He is not his joy alone, but his exceeding joy; not the fountain of joy, the giver of joy, or the maintainer of joy, but that joy itself. The margin hath it, “The gladness of my joy, “i.e., the soul, the essence, the very bowels of my joy. To draw near to God, who is such a joy to us, may well be the object of our hungering and thirsting. Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee. His best music for his best love. When God fills us with joy we ought ever to pour it out at his feet in praise, and all the skill and talent we have should be laid under contribution to increase the divine revenue of glory. O God, my God. How he dwells upon the name which he loves so well!”
No wonder David was known for his singing and dancing. This kind of joy just cannot be contained. This is the worship that Paul experienced in that Phillipian jail and Jehoshaphat’s singers expressed as they marched into battle. The Lord is our joy and that surpasses every challenge we face in this life. Today we are all facing unusual times like no one in this generation has ever known. The problems may be different but the solution is the same. The joy of the Lord is our strength.