“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love.” (Psalm 5:11-12)
While there are many things Christians need, “rejoicing in the Lord” has to be near the top of the list. Sometimes, we are the saddest acting people on the face of the earth. Even when God answers our prayers, we don’t show very much emotion in the rejoicing department. It is no wonder, when we try to share our faith with those who don’t know Jesus and we tell them, “You need what I have,” they reject our appeal concerning their spiritual needs. Based on what they often see in us and hear from us, they don’t want what we’ve told them we have … they have enough problems of their own. They definitely don’t want to add to their lives whatever is making us so unhappy.
David loved to “rejoice in the Lord,” and he did so with great abandon to his pride and to the opinion of others. David believed that if you were going to put your trust in the Lord and claim that you love Him, then you needed to rejoice in Him as well. He understood that rejoicing in the Lord released the Lord’s protection over his life, and that alone was worth shouting about. He also knew the Lord would respond to his joy by crowning his life with favor.
Be honest, would there be anyone who is acquainted with you want what you have? In other words, would anyone want to adopt your walk with the Lord and live with the same measure of joy you have over your relationship with Christ? Would anybody be able to identify that you have joy in the Lord? Would anyone say that you are a person with a positive attitude and that you are happy with your life and your walk with Christ? Why not decide right now to do a little rejoicing today … come on, shout a little. The Lord deserves our daily rejoicing. Consider all that Jesus has done for you and then rejoice!