The Choice to Rejoice

by Joanna Pierce on September 11, 2016

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalms 118:24, KJV).

Every day is a day that the Lord has made. Because God made it, it is good. This concept stems from the basis of creation. When God made something, He looked at it and said it was good (Genesis 1:31).

Every day is a good day in God’s kingdom. Seeing the positive side every day is easy when we keep our eyes on Jesus. The world around us, however, tries to shift our focus elsewhere. And, the result? We wind up having bad days. We no longer want to celebrate or rejoice in the Lord.

If we get caught up in the trials and tribulations of this life, we’ll start to lose our desire to rejoice. We’ll fall victim to worry, which is the cancer of joy. When we lose sight of God, we magnify our “problems,” and this brings sadness, stress, and worry. Society has provided a gambit of ways to react to each day. But, Scripture tells us not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34) and to make ourselves to rejoice in the day!

If we know Jesus, having joy is easy. We know nothing is impossible for Him and that He will provide our every need. He will always make a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way. No matter what we face in this life, we know God’s already on top of the situation (Isaiah 40:20–22).

Not every blessing in our life will feel like a blessing. God may put us into situations that will prove uncomfortable, but they’re working for our good. God’s ways are always perfect (II Samuel 22:31). We need to learn to trust Him and know that He has a plan for our life (Jeremiah 28:11).

If God starts a work in us, He will complete it (Philippians 1:6). He doesn’t start something and then later throw in the towel. We need to follow after the example Christ made for us. We need to trust, pursue, and work no matter what. He trusts us; will we trust Him?

We need to have the true heart of a worshipper—to praise the Lord because He’s worthy no matter what, not because of what we see him doing (or not doing) in our lives. He deserves our very praise and for us to rejoice at His presence! This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad!

When we focus on Jesus, nothing else in this world will matter to us. If we lay up treasures in heaven, and not focus on the world, we will have a reason to rejoice (Matthew 6:19–21). When we set our hearts on the things above, we will always find our joy (Colossians 3:2–3).

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on September 11, 2016