Seems odd to just randomly quote a word and then reference it as the whole Bible don’t you think? Yet, the whole Bible gives us good reason to Rejoice! In fact, real joy can’t be found unless we know Him whom the Bible solely witnesses or points to. There can only be one response once you know such an amazing God and that is rejoicing in Him. What does that mean? Well, is thankfulness not a form of rejoicing? Or praise, or worship, or dancing, or pray, or preaching? These responses come from knowing Christ our Savior. Rejoicing is giving Glory to a God who is absolutely worthy, living as an expression of who He is rather than ourselves and seeing Him as the start and finish of our faith. Our response, our rejoicing therefore should exalt Him in all we do.
Perhaps you have heard me say this before, I never get tired of praising our God. I really hope your hearts leap towards this, that they long to continually offer ‘a sacrifice of praise’ to our God. There is so much we can rejoice in. After all, is our God not beyond anything we can grasp. This means that there is an endless scope for us to rejoice in. There is that which He has revealed to us, that which He will reveal to us and that which we will never know. Oh, to be captured in His hands, to ‘live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life’.
And now, let us rejoice in a few things together. These verses in Romans 5: 1-11 just reminded me of the constant need to rejoice. May they give you an opportunity to Praise His Name.
“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.’ Where do we start? Do we start with thanking God that He chose us to be among those who have faith? That he called us to be His own children, a nation set apart for Him. Let us not forget that this place we hold is an undeserved privilege. We could never come near God unless Christ had died for our sins. So we can celebrate this too, that ‘Christ has brought us into this place’. And this place where we now stand is a place where ‘we have been made right with God’ and ‘have peace with God’. After all this, there is still more to rejoice in. Do we not look forward to the day Christ will come again, the day we will share God’s glory? Of course we do, and of importance is that we ‘joyfully’ look forward to it all.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.’ This statement clearly shows us that we rejoice through the good and the bad, through the easy times and the tough times. No one said we rejoice in evil or in the bad things that go on around us. Rather we rejoice throughout any of the circumstances we find ourselves in. For our rejoicing is in Him who is above all things, and in Him who is still in control, even ‘when we run into problems and trials’. In fact, through our rejoicing as we focus on Him, our faith is kept strong during those trials. We may not always understand why things happen to us or to others but we trust in God. We trust that He is good and that ‘His faithful love endures forever’. As is said a little bit further in the same Scripture, ‘this hope will not lead to disappointment’.
“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Any number of things could strike you here and bring about rejoicing. One stands out for me more than anything else, a ‘new relationship with God’. Do you remember what it felt like to be alienated from God, to be separated from Him, to not know Him. Well, once you know Him you realise how deep the darkness really was. Oh, how sinful and how vile we were before Christ came as our Savior. Here, we are thankful and respond in worship towards God. It is truly a humbling and an undeserving privilege to confidently enter your presence Lord. We rejoice in our walk with you Lord.
There is no doubt that we could go on, yet sometimes we find that we are silent in our rejoicing. Of this, I am as much at fault as anyone else. May we continually be aroused to rejoice in God. May our hearts never stop giving Glory to Him who is absolutely worthy. Lord, even now we lift up our hands in praise to you.