Jangan kamu bersusah hati, sebab sukacita karena Tuhan itulah perlindunganmu!”
Nehemia 8:11b TB
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10b NIV
Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10b KJV
This time I find the Indonesian translation a bit fresher than the English translation. The statement is widely used in songs. Joy equals to strength. But the Indonesian translation says joy equals shelter/cover/protection.
Losing joy makes us vulnerable to enemy's attack. It exposes our weaknesses. It undresses us from our shield. It could be very dangerous for us, moreover our soul.
I don't know, it gives joy a new meaning for me. It is so important and crucial to have joy in our lives.
Have we stayed in the corner of depression and hopelessness these days? Come on, get out of that corner, it's dark and it's dangerous. We could die if we keep staying there.
May the peace that transcends all understanding be with us all.