Have we ever felt a day that the last thing we want to do is rejoice?
Sometimes our moods are down. Our situations are out of hand. Our sorrows and guilt are overwhelming.
There are many characters in the Bible especially in the Old Testament who felt this way also. We can relate to their experiences who often felt this way. In the book of Psalms, no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest to God. And as they talked to God, their prayers usually ended in praise. Psa 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.
And this is what God wants us to become, to become honest to Him. We can say what we feel to God through our prayers. When we don’t feel like rejoicing, we can always say to God that we don’t feel like rejoicing. Because if we honestly and humbly speak to Him about how we feel, then we will notice that God will make a way (as always) and will give us reasons to rejoice.
Everyday we face trials, problems and sufferings. And when we do, we worry much and tend to forget that we have a greater God who can turn everything around. Would we trust anything if critical times come to us? No, because we only trust the Lord God. The servants of God before do not put trust in their horses, in their armies during wars, instead they put their trust in the mighty name of God. Psa 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
This is something that must be learned here. We need to put our highest hopes and trusts unto the Lord because we know that He will never forsake nor abandon us in times of need. Remember that problems and worries are like rains. It will come and it will go. What matters most is that we were able to survive on each trial because God has given us the strength to do so. And He was the one who bring it to pass. Without Him, we may not be able to survive. Psa 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
So, there’s a lot of reasons to rejoice.
We rejoice because we survive everyday trials. We rejoice because even if we encounter life’s hardships, we know that God will never fail to help us. We trust in the holy name of God and we don’t lean on our own understanding. Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
If we totally put our trust in God and in His salvation, then we rejoice always. Psa 13:5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. Those who lack faith and trust don’t see the joy in their hearts because they lack the faith to do so. They don’t see because what they keep on looking at are the things that the material eyes can see. Those who put trust in His name look on the eternal things of this life. Thus, making them rejoice in the holy name of God. Psa 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
And we understood so much that we will not only receive good things in this life, but as well as the things that can make us feel down. But no matter what this life may bring, we have our God at our side always, He will never leave us nor abandon us – that’s enough reason to rejoice.