In Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he urged them to understand the provision of God, not just in the case of physical needs, but the spiritual graces God so richly blesses us with. As he is drawing his words to a close, he exhorts, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). These words come from the lips of a man who faced tremendous hardships in life, yet he calls on Christians to rejoice….always!
This teaching is not unique to Paul. We find this sentiment sprinkled throughout the book of Psalms. Perhaps Psalm 105 best captures the driving force behind our rejoicing:
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!” (Psalm 105:1-3).
Notice the connection between the call to give thanks, sing praises, and rejoice. It is no wonder that Paul, in the context of calling the people in Philippi to rejoice, says, “The Lord is at hand” (Philippians 4:5). Paul understood that no matter what happened in life, we can still rejoice because of God’s amazing love and provision for His people. Rejoice in the Lord…..always!