Rejoice in the Lord
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ” (Philippians 4:4 NIV)
The Apostle Paul underscores the importance of rejoicing in the Lord by repeating his command in the above verse. But how do you rejoice, or produce joy within yourself, when you are sad or discouraged or fearful? It’s certainly not a question of gritting your teeth and straining to produce joy.
You may want to try talking to yourself! It’s what the Psalmist did when he cried out, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5). Then David addressed the Lord and said, “My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you…[emphasis added]” (Psalm 42:6). In other words, after talking to himself, the Psalmist began to recall the faithfulness of God in the past, all the many answered prayers, and the promises God had made real to him. You can do the same. Talk to yourself and remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. If need be, write a list of all of God’s blessings in your life, and see how it outweighs the challenges you may be facing today. Before you know it, you will be rejoicing in the Lord, as the Apostle Paul exhorted us to do.
Read all of Psalm 42.