1 Peter 1:8 says whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory ASV. The NIV uses the term “inexpressible and glorious joy”.
I think inexpressible is a word we can better relate to. I have times of inexpressible joy, but what about the times of trials and grief? Well, Peter speaks on that too. As a matter of fact he speaks on it just before he gets to the inexpressible joy. We are all guilty of remembering and clinging to a verse for support and encouragement like 1 Peter 1:8. However, when the context of what Peter is saying is made clear it is far more powerful than just one verse.
My inexpressible joy of late has been sprinkled into trials my family is facing now. When I understand the context I understand that God is at work. Before Peter gets to inexpressible joy he says this:
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Our joy and suffering often go hand in hand. Our suffering has an eternal purpose. While many times I feel I am at wit’s end with suffering I know that it is proving the genuineness of my faith. Not only to God, but the world as well. God knows you have bills. He knows the rent is due. He knows you face illness and suffering of all kinds. He will give you inexpressible joy though. Comfort comes to those who need it. I pray that your trials pass quickly and that joy fills every fiber of your being.