“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” 118:24
I sing these words with my son in the car on the way to his school. It’s kind of a reset button for us, and helps us get it together a little bit after bickering about getting out the door all morning. Some days I sing it joyfully and easily, truly taking delight in the day before me. Maybe I have fun plans, maybe I don’t. Maybe I rested well, maybe my feet hit the floor five hundred times throughout the night. Sometimes it’s a praise song, sometimes it’s a prayer.
Either way, God is always worthy of our rejoicing and it is only him who can cultivate it. The Bible talks about rejoicing a lot, urging us to rejoice all the time (Philippians 4:4), in suffering (Romans 5:3), in trial (Matthew 5:12), and never stop (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
Rejoicing doesn’t come from digging deep and scrounging up a positive attitude. It’s about living within your purpose. We are God’s people, in relationship with him and given complete access to endless grace, hope, peace and joy through his Spirit.
I’m an optimist. I’m cup half full, I’ve always got a pep talk in my back pocket and a cheery song stuck in my head. I’m also prone to anxiety and depression and become critical real quick.
The Holy Spirit is more powerful than our moods, our circumstances and our fears. All of this is taken into consideration when we are told to rejoice in the Lord always. And I have to believe that if the Bible mentions something over 60 times (thank you, google), it’s because we are capable of doing it when we rely on the Lord.
What does rejoicing look like for you?
What keeps you from it?
What points you towards it?