Rejoice in the Lord AlwayBro. David Chancellor
6/4/2006 11:00 AM
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
“Rejoice in the Lord alway…” This is the way to be happy. Rejoicing means “to joy in.” “…in the Lord…” The “alway” is more possible when you rejoice in the Lord. People have trouble because they rejoice in the wrong thing. The Lord is always with us. When we rejoice in him, we can rejoice always.
Get your life balanced in God. Don’t let anxiety rule your life. God can work things out. Instead of worrying about things, take the cares to God. Got o God with your thanks, too, not just with your troubles. Have some thanksgiving in your prayers. There is a source for us of rejoicing and happiness. It pleases God when we rejoice in him.
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents, and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
The disciples came back rejoicing, but in the wrong thing. If you’re winning the battle, it’s easy to rejoice. The way the disciples were rejoicing left them open to discouragement. They were rejoicing in the wrong thing. They needed something unchanging to rejoice in. If you rejoice in the wrong thing, you’ll be on an emotional rollercoaster. Rejoice that God has saved your soul. Life’s troubles will come to us even when we’re saved. We don’t have to lose our joy over it, though. God’s plan of salvation was designed to bring real joy.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Rejoice when you have done right and are still treated badly. You can go through when people say bad things about you that aren’t true. This is suffering without having provoked. This describes a low point. You can have times of rejoicing even in the hard times of life because the presence of God is there. Happiness is found when we rejoice in our salvation. We can rejoice in God and have confidence that he will stay with us. Be thankful for what God gives, but rejoice that you’ve been made right in him.
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Be careful how and what you rejoice in. Don’t rejoice in yourself. God isn’t in that kind of rejoicing. Our rejoicing should be in and about God. It should be in God and in all that he has done. Don’t boast in yourself. It isn’t in us. Rejoicing in yourself is evil. God is who takes us through and we need to rejoice in him. When we rejoice in him and lift him up, we can do it always. Without him, we can do nothing. We can walk by his grace and get leveled out on a good, happy plain. Boasting in yourself is evil and won’t last. You’ll discover how unable you are. We want to rejoice in God. Keep your eyes on God; rejoice in him and lift him up.
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the bines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Everything can go wrong and anxiety can come. We need to learn how to accept “no” and be happy. God can be with us even in the tough times. He can deliver and bring us through. God can put some spring in our step. If you’re an “Eeyore” you need to find something to rejoice in. God can give you relief in the time of trouble. Rejoice in the right thing.