A decision to rejoice
What would happen if each of us who is a follower of Jesus Christ made a daily decision to rejoice and be glad in God and to say to ourselves and to all who will listen, “Great is the LORD!”?
Even though I started a new Psalm today, I was drawn back to Psalm 40 from last week. Towards the end of the week last week, I discovered the beautiful truth of Psalm 40: 16-17.
“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD.”
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay O my God” ESV
Psalm 40 is a Psalm in which David is expressing his trust in God despite many struggles and much opposition. In verse 16, it appears that he made the following decision, “I am going to rejoice and be glad in you and say Great is the LORD!” And in the Psalm, he states this as an exhortation to those of us who say that we are trusting God.
I find this both a challenge and a liberating truth. My circumstances and struggles may not have changed but since I am seeking God above all else, I can make the decision to to rejoice and be glad in Him! When I focus on enjoying God and taking delight in Him, it is interesting how I seem to have less energy, less attention and less time to spend thinking about my own problems and issues. The struggle may continue but somehow I have changed. And then, as one who loves God’s salvation, I proclaim continually GREAT IS THE LORD. Great is the LORD, Great is the LORD, Great is the LORD.
Here is a challenge. For the next week, let us be intentional by daily (hourly?) stopping to rejoice and be glad in God and to say continually to ourselves and to others, Great is the LORD.
Today, I thought of another practical help–begin giving thanks! There is probably a difference between rejoicing and giving thanks but I think that when I start giving thanks, I start rejoicing and then suddenly I find that I am glad in God. Actually, in our home church last week, we discovered that thanksgiving can also be used as a weapon against the sins of the flesh in Eph 5:1-4. See verse 4 to see why we thought that. You could also see 1 Thess 5:16-18; Phil 1:18-19 and 4:10-13.