Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in the heart! Psalm 32:11
Everywhere a person looks there appears to be trouble. The news is filled with negative events, deaths, murders, crime, suffering, lies, theft, and more. People are walking in fear of their lives, fear of being robbed or killed.
Along with all of the bad news being spread, there are the problems of life. There is sickness, debt, divorce, and more that plague the lives of many people.
Finding something to be happy about appears to be elusive to many people in the world. They look to drugs and comedians to find a place to laugh and be happy. They seek things to remove them from the troubles in this world.
David found a reason to rejoice and be glad with a song in the heart. He had many struggles and troubles throughout his life, yet he would rejoice and sing songs of praise to God. He found forgiveness from God.
Jesus promised every believer that he would have a lot of troubles in this world. There would be pain and suffering, yet, the believer has a reason to rejoice.
Every pain and suffering that a person goes through here on this earth is temporary. It will only last for a short time in light of eternity.
There is one trouble that a person goes through, however, that is not temporary if not dealt with correctly. That trouble is condemnation of sin. It is a death sentence.
The good news is that Jesus has paid for that sin and is willing to forgive and forget that sin. This is of eternal value. Being given the gift of forgiveness is the greatest thing that any believer can ever receive.
Getting forgiveness should cause every person to rejoice and be glad. It should put a song of praise on his lips. It has eternal value, greater than anything on this earth.
Seek out God’s forgiveness for any and every sin you have ever committed. Jesus is right there willing to forgive you, since He paid for those sins.
Now, think about what Jesus has done for you. Let that sink into your heart. Now you have a reason to rejoice and be glad, regardless of what troubles you have in your life. The greatest trouble–eternal death–has been wiped away.
Sing now praises of thanksgiving and worship to the God for what He has done for you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will find joy in worshipping God; that you will be glad in the Lord; and that you will sing songs of praise to God.