Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Psalm 97:12, Habakkuk 3:18, Luke 1:47, Philippians 4:4 NIV 2011

Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

The psalmist celebrated the Lord God. Psalm 97:1, “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.” God’s prophet, Hahakkuk, after a conversation with the Lord understood Judah would soon be punished. And yet he rejoiced in God’s sovereignty. Mary, pregnant with Jesus, knew God and rejoiced in what is called Mary’s Song or the “Magnificat.” Paul used words to the church in Rome similar to those written to the Philippians. Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Christians are called to rejoice always.

“You are here by divine summons, strategically positioned to serve in a role He designed distinctly for you!” These were the words my BSF OTL gave to us as we began our Christmas break. They ring through my head as I go about His business. Those words led me to these Scriptures. No matter what happens in the world around me, I need to remember daily to rejoice. Rejoice that I have a husband along with family and friends I love. And rejoice that He is Lord of my life.

How will we choose to rejoice?

Joy filled together,

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