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This week we continue our series from Psalms. The theme is “Invitations to the heart.”
Our response to these invitations will help renew the church and bring joy to hearts of believers.
Today we are talking about Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad.
Psalm 118:24 (AMP)
24 This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Philippians 4:4-7 (AMP)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
In Jesus name we pray.
The psalmist encourages all of us to rejoice and be glad.
This is not only good religion but good psychology.
- Let us rejoice in the present.
“This is the day which the Lord has made.”
I once heard that there are three days on everybody’s calendar, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The most important day on our calendar is today.
Yesterday is gone.
To live in yesterday is to waste today and rob tomorrow.
To live in tomorrow may cause us not to come to grips with the present.
We must see that tomorrow is wrapped in what we do today.
We need only to recognise the importance of the present.
Today is the only day of which we can be sure.
We must beware lest we accept the philosophy “Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.”
On the other hand, we should celebrate the present to the fullest and live responsibly, for tomorrow may never come.
2. Let us accept this day as the gift of God.
The psalmist would encourage us to see every day as a gift from God to us.
Today is neither accidental nor incidental.
God wants to be in the midst of this day with us.
He wants to help us make it into a useful, productive day that will enable us to have pleasant memories of it when tomorrow comes around.
Let us be grateful for this day, for in it we have the opportunity to worship, work, and witness.
Let us rejoice in this day, for in it we have the opportunity both to give and to receive.
3. Joy is important to God.
It is interesting to note our Lord’s emphasis on joy.
There was joy at the announcement of His birth.
Because of the joy that was set before Him, He was able to endure even the shame of the cross.
In the parable of the talents, the servers who were rewarded were permitted to enter into the joy of their master.
Our Lord spoke of joy in the presence of angels when a sinner repents.
Let us rejoice and be glad in God’s love for us.
Let us rejoice in the privilege of being sons and daughters of God.
Let us rejoice and be glad because of the privilege of serving our Lord.
Let us rejoice in the assurance of an eternal home in the future.
Let us rejoice and be glad today in anticipation of rewards for our faithfulness when we meet our Saviour.
Until next time
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