Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!Philippians 4:4(NASB)
We are called to rejoice in the Lord; to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks to the Lord our God, for the joy of the Lord is our health and strength, and His mercy endures forevermore. We are exhorted to rejoice in the Lord and to take refuge in Him, for He has done wonderful things for all who have trusted in the name of His dearly beloved Son.
In the knowledge of what God has done for us, through the life; death; burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ - shouldn't we be joyful, with exceeding great joy? Should we not lift up our voices in an everlasting song of praise? We who once were dead in trespasses and sins have been justified and are being transformed into the very the likeness of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In Christ there is sanctification, glorification and a joint heir-ship with the Son of the most High God, and we have been seated in heavenly places in Christ - to His praise and glory, for ever and ever.
True joy and genuine happiness is a gift of grace from our heavenly Father, for genuine joy and true happiness is a heavenly grace, we receive from the Spirit of God, when we walk in spirit and truth and live in newness of life. Joy is a fruit that the Lord produces within our heart, but it is something that the world can know nothing about. It is a precious fruit and a spiritual grace that is given to us from above. However, unsaved men and women know nothing of true heavenly joy, which is a characteristic of the Christian Church, that is ours by grace. Those who are dead in their sins do not have access to God's spiritual graces, for joy is a both a gift of God and a fruit of the Spirit.
Such heavenly joy can be maintained in the midst of all afflictions and distresses, for the joy of the Lord is our everlasting strength. Such divine rejoicing should not be hindered or quenched by the scheming strategies of the wicked one. Satan delights to use adversity to hatch-out doubts and fears in the imagination of our hearts, and these can become barriers that makes us question God's faithfulness; distort His character and cause our faith to falter. But joy in the Lord is a great spiritual weapon that can help to dispel Satan's devious lies and cause his wicked accusations to evaporate like the morning mist.
The length, breadth, depth and height of this continual rejoicing in the Lord should resound to the farthest extremity of His promises and plans - His governance and character. The surpassing intimate fellowship into which we have been warmly invited, as children of the Father and joint-heirs with Christ should rejoice our heart and gladded our soul. Let us rejoice in the Lord always - and again I will say, REJOICE - for He is a great and awesome God, and a great King above all gods.!
Loving Father thank You for Your gift of joy and for Your fruit of rejoicing. Help me to take all my thoughts captive, (those doubts and imaginings that are prompted by the enemy to steal this heavenly gift, that is mine in Christ) knowing that You are worthy of all my praise and that Your joy is a heavenly medicine that strengthens my trust and increases my love for You - in Christ's name I pray, AMEN.