Gladness, probably not a word you use that often. Of course, it’s related to joy, rejoicing, exultation, jubilation and celebration. In Psalm 4:7 David says, “You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound” (Psalm 4:7 NASB).
The grain harvest and grape harvest were times of celebration. But the gladness David expresses here is even better than that celebration. Through Jesus, God has put gladness in our hearts.
God first anointed Jesus with the oil of gladness. “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Hebrews 1:9).
This is something we rarely think about. Too often the Church has portrayed God as always serious and harsh. Jesus, who is the express image of God, was anointed with gladness. With that anointing Jesus preached the gospel, healed, proclaimed liberty to the captives and oppressed (Luke 4:18).
Jesus went to the Cross “who for the joy that was set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2). We have that same gladness in our heart to overcome every situation we face. No wonder Paul said to “rejoice always.” So let that gladness come from your heart. It’s contagious.