Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
Rejoice is a word that rarely sees any action these days. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I used it in a sentence. My last recollection of the word in modern language was somewhere just after the leisure suit was banished from fashion runways.
Since it is no longer fashionable verbally, its meaning has also been stored in mothballs. It is time to unpack this word from our attics and crawl spaces and basements. This word expresses joy, delight and pleasure, and it needs to make a comeback.
Look at our verse, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
Take delight, have joy and seek the pleasure of the Lord. When we go to God it is usually with an agenda. We should go to God just to be with Him, to enjoy His presence, to marvel at His beauty and experience His unspeakable joy. We should meet Him every day in the same way we would meet any friend. Whether we are home or working or worshipping, we should be rejoicing. Whether we are grieving, healing or celebrating, we should be rejoicing. According to Paul every circumstance is an opportunity to take delight in the Lord.
Rejoicing isn’t simply a word; it’s a life style.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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