(chairomai is greek for rejoice…at least according to google translator)
Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16 ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4 ESV)
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:11 ESV)
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. (Psalm 33:21 ESV)
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12 ESV)
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! (1 Chronicles 16:10 ESV)
And I could keep going on…
Point is we’re to be rejoicing…always. Easy to say, not always easy to do. But why? Rejoicing in the Lord always is not being “happy” at everything going on; it’s holding onto His promises letting them lift you up, overcoming the world. Think about what we have:
Eternal life, not someday, but now.
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, with us at all times.
Access to the Father on His throne.
The personal attention of the Creator
Forgiveness of all sins through Jesus, we’re redeemed
We’re joint heirs with Jesus – seen as His brothers and sisters
….and those are just a few of the gifts we’ve been given as followers of Christ.
Looking at that list, why are there miserable and defeated Christians? I know from personal experience, it’s when my trust is put in things other than Him when my focus becomes something other than Him…He’s still there, the promises are still ours.
Let us all work on holding on to those promises, lifting each other up in prayer and praises, share with each other where God is working in our lives – help each other stay focused on Him. Rejoicing on our own and together…rejoicing in the Lord…always.