Praying and rejoicing are two very important parts of a Believer’s life, and they go hand in hand. We talked about Prayer yesterday. Today’s Word of Encouragement is about rejoicing.
Rejoicing is really impossible to resist. You start praising God for one little thing and before you know it you’re practically flying up to Heaven with joy. Think of one thing you can praise Him for. Then stop. Wait, I said stop. No really. You can’t do it can you. You can’t eat only one potato chip and you can’t praise God for only one thing. I found the word “rejoice” 154 times in the Bible. The word “praise” I found 238 times. “Delight” was found 106 times, “exult” 43 times, “celebrate” 17 times and “joy” 203 times. That’s 761 times that concept is found and that’s only the synonyms I searched for. You can find more by going to www.biblegateway.com and searching the words “rejoice”, “praise” and any other synonyms you can think of.
My very favorite is this:
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice!”
Romans 5:3 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance”
Romans 5:11 “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready”
And as I said, you just can’t stop once you start. Please Rejoice in this Psalm of David.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!
Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!
Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!
Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
During this time of isolation, we have even more opportunity to rejoice in His blessings. Today’s Word of Encouragement gives you a list of things you can rejoice in during this time. I sent out a survey by email earlier this week asking for your thoughts on what we can pray for and what we can rejoice in. Here is the list I compiled of your suggestions of things to rejoice in:
15 Things to Rejoice in During This Time of Challenge: