Rejoicing, Celebrating, Cheering! In His Word 10-10-22


Though this revisit from March 2005, comes from the Spring celebrations of Christ, I think it is valid to this time of year as well.

This is the season to celebrate Jesus, but how can we know how to celebrate Him? What if my life was rotten and I was full of stinking- thinking?

How would I get the right things to think about?

 Where can I go to find a reason to celebrate?

In His Word!

Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!  Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore! 1 Chronicles 16:10-11

I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2


We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!

May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.  Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed.

He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Ps 20:5-7


I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.            Psalm 31::7-8

 As we head into the seasons of feasts and celebrations let us remember what Christ did for us; let us remember to rejoice in Him!


Did you ever think about the fact that Rejoicing is a choice?  Hmm, no? Yes it is! We cannot even think of rejoicing without deciding if we want to rejoice or not. I say choose to rejoice!

When life stinks like dirty socks

Choose to Rejoice and it will knock your socks off!

What does rejoice mean? Or rather what do you do to rejoice? Rejoice according to the dictionary means; Be glad.

What can we do to be glad in the Lord?


R- Rest in Him, know that God is in control, trust Him to take care of you! Proverbs 3:5-6 is my favorite scripture because it tells me not to worry, not fret, but to trust Him. Then it goes on to tell me to not try to figure it out!  So many times, we do that, we try to figure out how, or why we are going through something. We think that if only we understood the problem, then we could fix it.


E- Exalt Him, shout unto God with a voice of triumph! Think of reasons to thank Him for your day! You got to work with out running out of Gas. You have a job to pay your bills with!  You got to take another breath today. There are many things to lift Christ up for!


J- Just do it! Make it a plan to rejoice. “I will be glad and rejoice in You, I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2  We can read all through the Psalms this week and see how many times it says, “I will rejoice” It is not something that just happens, in fact I don’t think there is an instance of “ I happened to be rejoicing out of the blue for no reason.”


O-Overcome through rejoicng, when you have a tough day, think about good things not bad. Philippians 4:8 tells us what to think about.


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.


I- It's not about me, I choose to rejoice in Him for His glory


Through our thinking on these things, we will overcome the tasks befor us. I am finding personally through a book I have been studying that the things that pull us down are mostly untruths. These untruths can weigh on us like a ton of bricks, until we release them to God. The enemy would love for us to think on the bad stuff in life, but Christ gave us life that we may grow closer to Him, that we may rejoice in Him.

If things come to mind, and we realize that they are not truths, then we can make the choice to change what we were thinking about, look for true things to think about today!


C-Choose to Celebrate Jesus! This time of year, many people begin thinking about Christ, and how to celebrate His Resurrection! That should make it easy to rejoice! After all, Christ died so you can sit there feeling sorry for yourself… or did He? He died so we do not have to sit there feeling sorry for ourselves but instead we can… think on whatever is good, etc. There is none good but God! That means we can think on God and rejoice just thinking about His attributes!


E-Everlasting! Isaiah 61:7

Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore, in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.


Rejoicing today can last forever! If God’s love for you and me is everlasting, that alone is a reason to rejoice. His love is never changing, unconditional, that is more reason to rejoice. He can give you a peace that passes all understanding, and don’t even try to figure that one out, all because you keep your mind on Him. That is even more reason to rejoice! God makes things simple for us; we people tend to make it more difficult.

Okay, so for this week, I want us all to choose to focus on things we can rejoice about. 

Let’s make a list for ourselves, each day adding to it and literally count our blessings.  I am sure we all have our times when it will be a difficult task to find even one reason to praise His name, but if nothing else, today’s scripture verses and the weeks suggested readings should give all of us reason to rejoice, with out even having to search.

If you want to make it more fun, try going through Philippians 4:8 and name something off for each suggestion. Whatever things are pure… name something pure you can think about. Whatever things are true? Think of a truth, Jesus lives! There is a freebie! We are all heading into Passover and Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday so lets get our spiritual selves geared up for celebrating Jesus.


Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to think about what things would cause us to rejoice and not to think on things that would bring us down. Remind us in Your Word of the glories of Your Kingdom that we are also a part of. Remind us that You love us today, and that You chose us, so we can have a reason to choose to rejoice in You! In Jesus name, amen.


Suggested Readings  Philippians 4:1-23,  Psalm 13:1-6,  Psalm 31:1-24,

Psalm 35:all,  Luke 6:1-39, and  John 4:&5 all. 


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In His love, Teresa M. Wilson

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  by Teresa M. Wilson.