Friday, January 29, 2016

Devotion: Rejoice In Trouble

We live in a fallen world, where we are constantly bombarded with negative things.  We live in a time where the ungodly appear get more and more prominence.  We live in a world where nearly all of the reports we hear through the news media are all negative.  We live in a time where one has to make a deliberate effort to be positive and counter this negative culture that we live in.

“A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.  I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:1-3).

Praising God is something that we are supposed to do all the time.  When we check our praise life, it is like checking our spiritual pulse.  If we are not praising God and if we do not have a life that is constantly giving thanksgiving and praise unto God, then we are not spiritually healthy.  From a spiritual standpoint, there is no excuse for anyone not to praise God.  This is not to say that there may be a reason why one does not praise God, but there is no excuse as to why one should not praise God.  Most people want to wait until everything is perfect before they give God praise, but the problem with that notion is that they will not be praising God often or they will not be praising God at all.

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

In a letter to those at Philippi, Paul mentioned that we are to “Rejoice in the Lord alway.”  And just to make sure that there was no possible misunderstanding, he mentioned “rejoicing” twice.  Paul, who wrote this letter from prison and who was facing possible execution, wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord alway.”  When he wrote this letter, things in his life were pretty negative and were not going well at that time, yet the entire letter to the Philippians appears to be one of the happiest letters written during one of the worst set of circumstances in Paul’s life.  And in all that he went through, he was still able to tell us that we need “to rejoice, to celebrate, to delight  in the Lord always,” regardless of our circumstances or our situations.  David tells us “to bless the Lord at all times and to let his praise continually be in our mouth.”

Certainly, if Paul could “rejoice in the Lord always and continually praise God” in his situation, we can rejoice and praise God regardless of our circumstances or situations.  Paul is telling us and showing us that there is not a single time where we should not be praising and giving thanks to God.  So, check your praise life for that spiritual pulse.  If you are not rejoicing in the Lord always, blessing the Lord at all times, and continually giving praise and thanksgiving to God, then it is possible that you are not as spiritual healthy as you should be.

As always, we give thanks and glory to God for his wisdom and understanding.  We are so blessed to be able to share with you, those things that God has placed in our hearts.  We continue to pray that our inspirational message will be a blessing to each of you and that you will be the better for having read it.  If you are blessed by what has been provided, please feel free to share so that others may be blessed as well; for as freely as our Father has given this to us, we freely give so that others may share in the love and be blessed.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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