1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Recently we had a major outpouring of Glory in our church resulting in an extended time of laughter and shouts of joy. For the natural minded person with no explanation they may have thought that had been warp speeded back in time to a drunken New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory celebration. Someone sent me a short clip the next day of the joyful encounter and you could feel the atmosphere coming out from the phone. Peter called this unspeakable joy. For those who have experienced this kind of joy they know right off that this is supernatural at its very essence. There is nothing natural, explainable, or comprehensible in this kind of joy. I say it is the joy of the Lord and the very joy of heaven. Here is Sam Storms interpretation of Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards on this passage.
“There are two things Peter says of this joy. The first is the manner or means by which it rises in the human heart, namely, through faith, belief, and trust in the Son of God. Peter appears to say that it is because you believe in him that such joy fills the heart. But second, this is no ordinary joy, no fleeting happiness, no passing pleasure. It is “inexpressible” joy that is “filled with glory”. This joy is “of a vastly more pure, sublime and heavenly nature” than worldly joy, “being something supernatural, and truly divine, and so ineffably excellent; the sublimity, and exquisite sweetness of which, there were no words to set forth.” This is a joy that is so profound that it is beyond words. It is all-consuming, overwhelming, speechless joy! This joy defies all human efforts at understanding or explanation. The words have not yet been created that would do justice to the depths of this kind of joy.”
I first tasted this extreme joy in the summer of 1994. It came suddenly, it was shocking in its power, and opened my life up to a whole new dimension of the realms of God. This presence smacks of the upper room and the Azusa Street Revival; it is the power source of the New Testament Church. This joy fell in the American colonies beginning in 1734 – within forty years they became one nation under God.