Joy is internal and independent of circumstances. It is an act of the will that produces inner contentment and is consistent and eternal.
Happiness is external and depends on circumstances. It is an emotional response and is inconsistent and temporary.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) says “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”
The Lord’s relationship with you gives Him great joy. His joy on the inside