After watching American Beauty this evening, I was inspired to find the following verses describing the joy we are given because of Christ's glorious sacrifice.
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
my favorite verses:
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places.