Rejoicing reminds me of a geyser. Joy lies deep within us, remaining unseen until it bubbles up and shoots right out of us. At least, that is how it is supposed to work.
Joy and rejoicing feed each other; rejoicing is the outward expression of joy, and joy is increased by rejoicing.
But, if you are anything like me, you don’t experience the natural overflow of joy shooting out of you very often. Considering what we know about joy and rejoicing, two possible issues exist.
- Lack of joy
- Lack of rejoicing
My previous post addressed issue #1 (read here), so today I am focusing on rejoicing.
First and foremost, rejoicing is a choice.
I admit my own lack of joy comes down to not feeling like rejoicing. But as Matthew Henry reminds us: “It is our duty and privilege to rejoice in God, and to rejoice in him always; at all times, in all conditions; even when we suffer for him or are afflicted by him.”
Whether or not we feel like rejoicing is irrelevant; we are to rejoice. Often when we choose to rejoice despite our mood, the feelings follow.
How you rejoice is your decision.
Rejoicing is an expression of joy in the Lord; you can sing, shout, dance, play music, draw, paint, write, etc. Try out different forms of rejoicing and get creative.
The Bible is our ultimate resource for rejoicing.
If you need help getting started, look at what the Bible tells us to rejoice in:
- Rejoice in God’s goodness. (2 Chronicles 6:41)
- Rejoice in all God blessed you with. (Deuteronomy 12:7, 26:11)
- Rejoice in large gatherings (festivals, feasts, etc.). (Deuteronomy 16:14)
- Rejoice in God’s salvation. (1 Samuel 2:1, Psalm 9:14, 13:5, 21:1, 40:16, Isaiah 25:9, 1 Peter 1:8)
- Rejoice in the rule of God. (Psalm 2:11)
- Rejoice in God’s loving kindness. (Psalm 31:7)
- Rejoice in God’s justice. (Psalm 48:11, 58:10)
- Rejoice in God’s marvelous works. (Psalm 66:6, Joel 2:21)
- Rejoice in the day. (Psalm 118:24)
- Rejoice in God’s word. (Psalm 119:162)
- Rejoice in God as creator and king. (Psalm 149:2)
- Rejoice in your spouse. (Proverbs 5:18, Isaiah 62:5)
- Rejoice in your children. (Proverbs 23:25)
- Rejoice in your work. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)
- Rejoice in love. (Song of Songs 1:4)
- Rejoice in receiving salvation and righteousness from God. (Isaiah 61:10)
- Rejoice in God’s creation. (Isaiah 65:18)
- Rejoice in your inheritance in heaven. (Matthew 5:12, Luke 10:20)
- Rejoice when people are saved. (Luke 15:6, 9, 32)
- Rejoice in the accomplishments of other believers. (1 Corinthians 12:26)
- Rejoice in truth. (1 Corinthians 13:6)
- Rejoice in God’s strength when you are weak. (2 Corinthians 13:9)
- Rejoice in the spreading of the gospel. (Philippians 1:18)
- Rejoice in suffering as Christ suffered. (Colossians 1:24, 1 Peter 4:13)
- Rejoice in God who saves. (Revelations 12:12, 18:20, 19:7)
Even when the Bible does not specifically mention rejoicing, it offers a lot rejoice in. I challenge you to keep a running “rejoice” list as you read God’s work. Here are a few from my own list:
- Rejoice that you are forgiven.
- Rejoice in being adopted into God’s family.
- Rejoice in God’s plan for your life.
- Rejoice in becoming a new creation is Christ
- Rejoice that God equips us to do his will.
- Rejoice that God is compassionate.
- Rejoice that God is merciful.
- Rejoice in God’s grace.
- Rejoice in the Holy Spirit working within you.
- Rejoice in the cross.
- Rejoice that God protects.
- Rejoice that nothing is impossible for God.
- Rejoice that God provides.
Just making this list fills my heart with gratitude and joy in the Lord.
What about you? Do you feel joy bubbling up inside? Let’s spend some time rejoicing today and see if we can get the geyser spraying again.
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