NEHEMIAH 8
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10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Adon: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of Yahweh is your strength.

The Joy of Yahweh is thy strength

This is the meaning of the first half of Ecclesiastes' simple, two-fold creed of life -- contentment and rejoicing in God, because rejoicing is a mighty power for good -- a mighty power for the purifying and softening and sweetening of the character.

As soon as we allow the pressures and problems of the present to dislodge us from this haven of strength, we begin to flounder and sink.

An essential part of this same picture, and built upon this literal aspect of rejoicing in the basic provisions of God's goodness, is the figure of the eating and drinking of the marvellous feast of God's revealed Word and thus growing in spiritual grace and knowledge, which Job says he considered more important than his necessary food.

Bro Growcott - This is the whole man