This proverb gives joy to the heart because of two words, “good news”; in Hebrew “tob shemua” and in Greek “gospel”. The good news concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection is indeed health to the bones. The cheerful look of the saved does bring joy to the heart. I am reminded of the joy on the face of a young girl arising from the baptismal water last Sunday. The joy is all because of Jesus and what he did on the cross, walking out of the grave, and into the heart.
Though I enjoy the benefits and blessings of the gospel my face does not always have a cheerful look. Even Jesus wept (John 11:35). Though the tears flow the company of a friend quietly sitting with me is a comfort to my soul. Jesus in me brings joy for he is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) He says to me, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
Jesus my friend sits with me in my tears and in my joy.