May 14, 2001
“Rejoice in the Lord always . . . .” (Philippians 4: 4)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Our Scripture verse for this week is a well-known one, so well-known, in fact, that we may have a tendency to overlook it. Yet, it is one of the most powerful verses in determining our victory as Christians.
To rejoice is to take great pleasure in, to be happy about. When we take great pleasure in our Lord, we are saying in effect that He’s the greatest gift we could ever receive. We are saying that He is all that we need. We are saying that we trust Him to see us through every challenge, every trial, every seemingly impossible situation.
How do we rejoice in the Lord? We rejoice in Him by praising Him with words of love, with hymns and spiritual songs, with instruments, and with the dance (Psalm 150: 3-5). Praising the Lord as He commands us to praise Him frees us from bondage and delivers us from evil. The Word tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22: 3). This means that where praise is, God is. When we praise God, He comes on the scene!
I can tell you from personal experience that rejoicing in the Lord has gotten me through many a seemingly impossible situation. Rejoicing in the Lord builds my faith and strengthens my peace. Now even Cocoa, my long-haired miniature Dachshund, joins me in rejoicing and praise as I play my tambourine, sing and shout for joy, and dance before the Lord in my kitchen. 🙂
Why do we rejoice in the Lord? First and foremost, because He commands it. Second, because He is worthy of our praise. Third, because praise is a weapon of warfare against the enemy.
If you find yourself in a difficult situation from which there seems to be no way out, begin rejoicing in the Lord. Stop begging God to help you. Start praising Him instead. Then wait and see what miraculous things He will do for you.
Most of all, rejoice in God just because you love Him and want Him to know it. Just as you like to hear words of love and affirmation, so does our Lord. So minister to Him by rejoicing in Him. Your cup will truly run over with the joy He gives you in return.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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