For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name
When I heard the news of the amazing blessing that my friend and her family had received, I could not stop smiling and praising God with them, for only God can work in ways that leave us in awe. Total, ‘ shake your head in wonder’, ‘mouth drop open’, unadulterated awe.
It is quite possible, sometimes, to get caught up in the day to day busyness of life. So caught up in fact, that we do not appreciate the great things that are happening around us. Sometimes, just sometimes, events can be tossed aside with a casual “That’s nice”.
Sometimes, just sometimes, we have been so pulled and pushed, tried and challenged by life that a breakthrough (whether ours or someone else’s) does not elicit the degree of rejoicing that it should.
And sometimes, just sometimes, we have been down in the valley for so long, that we see a mountain top experience as a short stopover in our journey and never truly celebrate it. I have found myself in this position.
Phil 4:4 tells us to rejoice in the Lord always and then we are told again to rejoice. There are times like the writer that we have to command ourselves to rejoice. When there seems to be nothing joyful at all. When it is an act of faith and nothing in you feels that joy.
Then there are times when the joy overflows and we know beyond any doubt that God has broken through on our behalf.
• A friend’s dream fulfilled after years of hard work. REJOICE!
• A family receiving a breakthrough after believing and waiting on God for years. REJOICE!
• An unexpected gift that is life-changing. REJOICE!
• A person who obediently follows God and is experiencing things beyond their wildest imaginations. REJOICE!
All of these situations happened in a way that you know only God could have orchestrated them. These are all people who have waited on the Lord and wholeheartedly, I join in the celebration.
Let us take the time to rejoice over our lives. God does (Zeph 3:17)*. At this point, we may not have received the breakthrough that we have been waiting for but if we look, we will find that there is always something to rejoice about. We can be joyful about God’s promises to us.
Sit down and think back over the last week or month. Make a list of good things that have happened, be they big things or things that may have previously gone unnoticed. I have been known to get quite silly over just finding a parking spot especially on a long, tiring day. Let us put on that garment of praise and dance for joy (and hopefully only God will be watching, so don’t worry what it looks like).
Father, today I want you to know how I appreciate all that you have done for me. You have changed my life and given me reason to praise you. Where there has been doubt and heaviness in my heart, replace it with your joy, so that even the little things cause me to rejoice in you. Amen
The Lord your God
in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
by Marisse Cropper