Rejoice in the Lord always Phil 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. That’s a beautiful scripture, especially on a good day! But we’re told to rejoice in the Lord always, every day, in every situation. When things are going great it’s easy to rejoice in the Lord, to praise Him for His goodness. When things aren’t going so good it’s more difficult. We find ourselves crying out for His mercy or His help in times of trouble instead of rejoicing in Him.
It’s good practice to rejoice with a heart of thanksgiving no matter what life‘s condition we’re in.
The other day as I was sitting at a stop light very broken heart I looked over to the car next to me and it was filled with a lot of life and laughter. It’s perplexing how one day can be a day of pleasure for one, and for another a day of tragedy. For one a day of triumph, for another a day of mourning. For one a day of giving birth, while for another a day of death. For one a new job while another loses their job. The list goes on and on but we’re still told to Rejoice in the Lord. In all things Rejoice.
We can only Rejoice in the Lord because we serve a good God. We serve a God who loves us and who is there for us in the good times and in the bad. In times of difficulty and in times of joy. He’s with us on the mountaintop and he’s with us in the valleys. He never leaves us or forsakes us. Therefore we can rejoice always in the Lord.
We’re not told to rejoice in circumstances, we’re told to rejoice in the Lord. There’s a difference. My circumstances don’t always allow me to want to be overjoyed, but I could always find joy in the Lord. Scripture says the joy of the Lord is my strength. Jesus gives me joy knowing He is with me and the confidence that He works all things together for the good. His goodness strengthens me to press on! That’s where my rejoicing comes from during those difficult times, during my hardships, when things look so bleak I can’t see the light. So remember we serve a covenant-keeping God who is forever committed to you and you can Rejoice in Him Always!