Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! – (Philippians 4:4, NLT)
Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! – (Philippians 4:4, CEB)
When we are walking with the Lord, there is always a reason to be glad. Our joy is not dependent on our current circumstances, but rather on our hope for what is yet to come. In Christ, we know that no matter what comes our way in the here and now, our future glory will be exceedingly more than we can begin to hope or imagine. Joy comes through the blessed assurance that we are known, cared for and loved. The Lord is our Protector, Redeemer, Father and Friend, and loved us when we were most unlovable. Let every heart rise in recognition of our reason to rejoice, for our Redeemer is faithful, always!
May our joy be full,
And our hearts rejoice;
Let songs fill the air,
In praise, lift our voice.
For gladness is ours,
Because God is good;
He’s faithful always,
All hope understood.
Be glad and rejoice,
For this is the day;
A gift we’re given,
To live, love and pray.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us reason to rejoice, and You fill our hearts with joy. Thank You that we can be glad in You, no matter what is going on in or around us. Thank You that joy is not dependent on our circumstances, but rather on our future glory in Your presence. Forgive us for confusing comfort with joy. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You and follow You and Your will in all things and at all times. Show us how to share Your joy with those around us by loving others as we are loved by You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we go forth in your joy, ever glad for the good that You have granted unto us all. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21