“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
As Paul is finishing out his letter to the Philippian church he gives some final words of encouragement and direction. The first is to rejoice in the Lord. He felt this was so important that he repeats it again.
The word rejoice means to take delight in, or thrive on. It is to find excitement in something.
The world takes great delight in things of this world. Things that sell show what people take delight in. Murder, killing, sex, violence, and greed all sell. Put one of those things in or on something and it is almost guaranteed to be a success in the world. These things, however, are things of this world and go against God in every way.
Every believer is to focus their whole life on Jesus. They are to seek what He seeks, want what He wants, and do what He does.
What does He want? What makes Jesus excited?
His whole purpose in coming to the earth was to save every person from their sins and bring them back to a loving relationship with God. Jesus works at making you and every other believer more like Himself to have the same relationship with the Father as He has.
Does it bring you joy and excitement to talk about Jesus? Do you find joy in reading and studying the Bible? Do you desire to spend time in prayer with Jesus?
These are things that show that you are delighting yourself in Jesus. That delight is your rejoicing in the Lord. This cannot be emphasized enough. The twenty-four elders in heaven are sitting and rejoicing in the Lord day and night.
What brings you excitement in your life? Everything good that happens must be looked at as a gift from God, a blessing from Him. Rejoice in the Lord today. Rejoice in the Lord always! As Paul said it: I will say it again: REJOICE!.
I pray today that you will know the joy of knowing Jesus; that you will delight yourself in Him; that your life will be focused on Jesus; that you will find satisfaction and fulfillment in Jesus; and that you will rejoice in the Lord always.