Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4
All praise belongs to God. Everything we do, everything we experience is by our Father’s design. So we should always rejoice in Him. It is an outward showing of an inward treasure. God has made you alive again and in doing so has brought great joy and comfort to your life. Your place in Heaven is secure because the Father has given up His Son and the Son has prepared a place for us (John 14:1-3). To me it is the most fantastic thing, to know that my Father is ready for me to come home whenever that may be.
Why is rejoicing important?
Rejoicing in the Lord is worship. We worship God to show our love for Him as He has shown us uncountable love already. Rejoicing is something that the bible speaks about 286 times in some form or another. God clearly wants us to rejoice in His love and in His works that have been performed for us. Rejoicing in God is more than just praise and worship. It gives us strength to overcome things and it shields us.
Rejoicing is part of your testimony
Rejoicing in God is a tool that Christians can use in testimony. Think about this, even in trials if we rejoice we get the strength to persevere (Romans 5:3). God knows we will see suffering but He is an awesome Father and will pour in to us, the Holy Spirit to strengthen us if we call upon Him. There are lost souls out there that may find your tribulation as the catalyst to come back to God. God has used you to bring another child home. Maybe there is no trial to go through but God has touched you and to someone else that may be what they want. To be able to rejoice in the Lord in all things. Our active rejoicing in God is an outward showing of our change to inspire others to make that leap of faith and become One with the Father.
Rejoicing is Protection
When I rejoice in the Lord it helps me focus when I have doubts or am struggling in my walk. God is peace and He is protection (Philippians 4:7). By focusing on God I can push away the troublesome thoughts I may have. Most of my thoughts surround whether I make the right choices for my family or whether I am putting Him first in my choices for them. All of that is Satan whispering in my ear to make me doubt. If I remember that through the blood Jesus shed I was given the tools to defeat Satan (Revelation 12:11).
Rejoicing is a privilege that anyone can make use of. In fact, I don’t feel that you necessarily have to be a Christian to use it because God works on the hearts of the unsaved and if they thank God for bringing them back to Him it is just as good as if I did it. Rejoicing allows us to be closer to the Father and to thank him for all he has accomplished and will. I fail often enough that it makes me upset with myself and makes me determined to thank Him more. If we make a habit of thanksgiving we will never forget that God works for us always. I should rejoice in the Lord more because I want Him to tell me I’ve done well. I want to please Him and rejoicing is a great way to start that.