There’s always a reason to smile when you rejoice in the Lord

When I did an image Google search of the term "rejoice", about 75% of the images are of people putting their hands out like this praising the Lord.

One of the habits that I have been trying to get done is to open up my morning with a word of encouragement. Lately I have been reading these quick ones that are part of devotions just to keep me going through the busy day.

There was one that struck me a couple days ago and I feel that in our busy lives, we don’t take our time to rejoice in God. Whether things are good or bad, we need to rejoice!

Here was the reading:

There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When you don’t feel like rejoicing, tell God how you truly feel. You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and to serve him-be glad!

The passage that’s attached to it is Psalm 118:24

This is the day the LORD has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Shoot, I remember singing that song when I was in Sunday school. I never even really gave it much thought when I was a kid that that song wasn’t just a song for when things are good. It means more when things are bad. We still have to remember that the day is God’s day. God created the day and God is in control. And we all know and believe truly that whatever God does is good. So whatever we’re going through, don’t make it such a bad thing. God will take care of it.

 

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