Friday June 14

Rejoice in the Lord

Scripture: 1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 13-14, Philippians 4

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: rejoice!

Observation

Paul begins to wrap up this letter to the Corinthians with this command: rejoice in the Lord always!  

Rejoice in the Lord.  Jesus is to be the source of our joy.  We are to rejoice in knowing Him, rejoice in His goodness, rejoice in His salvation, rejoice in His love and grace, and on and on.  In the Lord, there is always reason to rejoice.  We aren’t always able to rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord, because He is unchanging and true.  He is always for us and always good.  

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Always-joy is only possible in the Lord.  

Application

Sometimes I let my circumstances drag me down, discourage me, rob me of joy.  I enjoy life so much more when I’m happy, joyful.  Paul reminds me that I have an endless source of joy in the Lord, and that I can choose to be in the Lord rather than under my circumstances.  It’s about focus.  

He also addresses this idea of focus in verse 8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Just as I can choose what to think about (mental focus), I can choose to rejoice in the Lord rather than be discouraged by my circumstances (emotional focus).  

Today, I choose to rejoice in the Lord, to be thankful for all He is and does for me.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me and giving me life to the full.  You are so good to me.  I choose to rejoice in You today, and will enjoy the day—each moment of it—because of You.