Be A “Sonflower” And Rejoice-God Is Good!

Cheerful:Resilient

This is the day the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it.”   Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

“Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”   John 16:22 (NKJV) 

“You turned my wailing into dancing; 
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.  Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”    Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

 

 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! “(Phil 4:4) 

Dear One,  This is a command and instruction from God.  It is not always easy to obey, especially when our hearts are breaking and trials are knocking on our door.  Just the same, if we adjust our perspective to remember the many promises and blessings found in the Word of God, it is possible. 

Why rejoice when you are struggling to keep your head above water?  If you don’t feel like praising God, why should you make an effort to try?  If sorrow has broken your spirit there is still hope for renewed strength, hope, and faith.

First of all, we make our Father joyful with gladness when we stand in His presence.  Does it not give you joy when you offer a gift to somebody else?  When you enter into praise or prayer, thanking God for His love and faithfulness, you not only please Him but bless Him as well.  Even if you are heartsick, can you deny the fact that the sacrifice of Jesus deserves thanks and praise?  Is not your salvation enough to make you joyful? 

Second of all, your trial is for but a season.  It will not last a lifetime.  Does this fact help?  Can you offer up words of thanks and be joyful in knowing He walks with you through every dark valley, ultimately leading you to a mountaintop experience?  When you are in the valley of despair, events and hardships feel bigger than they are and can be very overwhelming.  But when you are on the mountaintop looking down on the events, with a heavenly perspective, the obstacles in your path are miniscule and hardly visible.

There is another reason to rejoice always, especially when you are undergoing a trial or spiritual attack.  PRAISE is a mighty weapon against the powers of darkness!   2 Chronicles read how musicians were placed in front of the army of Jehoshaphat. Thanks to the mighty praises, the Lord set ambushes against the enemies of Judah.  When you are depressed, the best things you can do is play praise music and strive to walk with a thankful heart.

Please keep in mind that weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning (Ps. 30:5) Praise God for this promise!  Meditate on it. Allow the truth to permeate your spirit, making your heart giddy and cheerful in the knowledge of its pledge. Persevere and be resilient.  Dig your roots down deep into the waters of the living Word and rejoice. Your time of sorrow will soon pass and your time of hardship is equipping you for your journey and calling. 

“ And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, 
For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated”                2 Chronicles 20:21-22 (NKJV) 

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