Rejoice In The Lord

Your life and mine are filled with many trials.  We may have financial problems with paying for the things that we need.  We may have health problems from pain to serious disease to chronic illness.  We may have conflicts with family members or co-workers or neighbors.  We may have loss of loved ones.  We may receive persecution for our faith in Jesus.  We may have loss of property due to robbery or being deceived by some scam.  You may have problems other than the ones I have listed.  The list of problems and trials in life can be long.  These trials can cause us to be sad and depressed and unhappy.  Whatever your problems and trials may be, there is still reason to rejoice.  The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice!”  To rejoice is to be very happy, to be delighted, to feel joy.  Regardless of all that is happening in your life, I want to encourage you to rejoice in the Lord.  We can do so because we have an awesome God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   Below are multiple scriptures that describe our Lord and give us reason to rejoice in Him.

He is the great creator and we should praise Him for the beauty and wonder of all His creation.  Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”  Psalms 95:1-7 “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.  For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.  In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also.  The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

He has given us all spiritual blessings.  Ephesians 1:3-8 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.” 1 Peter 5:10-11 “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Psalms 103:1-14 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:  who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.   The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.  He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.   He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”

He has adopted us as His children; He loves us. 1 John 3:1-2 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” He cares for us.  1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  

He has an inheritance prepared for us.  Ephesians 1:18-19 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” 1 Peter 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”

You may have problems and trials in your life that sometimes weigh you down.  But my encouragement to you is to take time frequently to rejoice in the Lord.