Tag Archive | rejoice in the Lord

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ” Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk is asking, “Where are You God? And why aren’t You doing something about this situation?  Our most basic needs aren’t being met.  Don’t You care about us?”  This is a very common response when anyone is in the midst of troubles…our vision is very myopic, only seeing what’s right in front of us, not any further.  But it’s not until we can look beyond and see God’s “Big Picture” that we, like Habakkuk, can say, “In spite of what I see around me…regardless of this present situation, I will put my trust in You God!  I will place my faith in You for I know You will provide.”

Mark 7:24 ” Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet He could not keep His presence secret.”

You can’t quell the glory of God.  In Luke 19 the people had begun joyfully to praise God in loud voices when the Pharisees ordered Jesus to rebuke them.  Verse 40 says, “I tell you, He replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  Rejoicing in the Lord can not be contained…it must burst forth in worship of our Heavenly Father and what He’s done for us.   Just like Jesus couldn’t keep His presence secret in that house, our praise and worship of God can’t be silenced or suppressed either.

II Samuel 22:21 ” The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me.”

It asks in Psalm 24:4, “Who may stand in His Holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol.”  To stand in the presence of the most Holy God is a place of reverence, but also refuge.  It’s a place of refreshment, rejoicing and reflection.  But it’s also a place of rebuilding and reconciliation.  Spend some time today in the Lord’s presence to fully experience His love, peace and perspective.

II Corinthians 1:24 ” Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm. “

You are being an example to those around you whether you realize it or not.  You are an ambassador for Christ everywhere you go…whether you want to be or not, for when you take on the name “Christian”,  people will judge you by higher standards.  They will watch you closer and judge you harsher.  When you take on the name Believer,  you become an example… whether that be a good one or bad.