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Finding True Joy

Day 98
Verse of the day.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

When we picture joy in our minds, more often than not, the image of a happy-clappy, roof-jumping, always smiling person may come to our minds. While this may be true in some cases, it is not the whole truth.

Rejoice in the Lord

In writing to the Philippians, Apostle Paul could have very simply just told them, “Rejoice!” and stopped there. But he went ahead with “in the Lord.” We’re to rejoice in the Lord. And what does this mean? The Message puts it this way:

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him!

The foundation of our joy is delighting in God, celebrating Him and resting in Him. Joy is not happiness which can be bought with a great day, having our prayers answered the way we want, lots of material things, a good mood and so on. No. Joy is the heart condition and outward disposition of a soul that has found rest and delight in God.


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This direct command to rejoice tells us that firstly, as with everything written in scripture, joy is not a suggestion or an advice. It is an instruction. Secondly, we are asked to rejoice because it is a choice. Joy is something we have to choose by faith. It doesn’t just jump on us. Even so, it is God who wills and accomplishes it in us (Philippians 2:13).

Always

Our joy is not limited to the “good days”. It isn’t confined to the places of comfort and bliss (how could it? Apostle Paul was writing from a prison!). Joy is not restricted to the days we feel great about ourselves. True joy must exist always.

Again…rejoice!

Because of the gravity of these words, the writer felt the need to tell them, “Let me repeat what I just said in case you didn’t get it.” And this is indeed what we must do – take a second, maybe third or a millionth notice of joy and say, “Rejoice, my soul. Did you hear me? Rejoice!”

On those days when it seems particularly hard to delight and rest in God, remember to rejoice. This may even include days of great happiness because it is easy to forget God in comfort and excitement. It may also include days of despair, unworthiness, anger, confusion, anxiety, and grief when our eyes are on everything (people, ourselves, situations) but God.

Rejoice, beloved! Rejoice!


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Today’s Confession

I rejoice in the Lord today. Arise my soul and rejoice in God. Rest and delight in Him. Rejoice!


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