I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
- Psalm 9:2
The definition of rejoice is to “feel or show great joy or delight.” Okay, let’s break that down a little more. Joy means “a feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.” How can I expect something good when I’m being buried by life and circumstance?
Stephen Cole wrote on the subject of rejoicing:
It’s interesting that the shortest verse in the Greek New Testament is, “Rejoice always” (1 Thess. 5:16). The shortest verse in the English New Testament is, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). They are not contradictory! Our Savior could weep and yet have the fullness of joy, even as He faced the cross (John 15:11)...The Bible says that godly people are marked both by mourning (over sin, Matt. 5:4; James 4:9; 5:1) and yet by irrepressible joy.
What does it look like to rejoice always? How is that lived out in my day to day life? It doesn’t mean I have to live with a persistant grin on my face and it doesn’t mean I won’t feel frustrated, angry or depressed. It’s about expecting my Lord and living with Him. He is my something good. I like how The Message describes rejoicing in Philippians 4:4, “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” Today, no matter the circumstances, I will revel in the glory of the Lord.