Rejoice in the Lord!

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The Verse of the Day for September 12, 2013 is a marvelous reminder of the attitude that we should have as we approach each day.

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Despite the horrific conditions that Paul found himself in while imprisoned in an underground dungeon known as “a house of darkness,” his letter to the church at Philippi abounds with references to joy and rejoicing.  Renowned Biblical teacher John McArthur refers to Philippians as the “Epistle of Joy,” Paul mentions some form of the word “joy” at least 16 times in these four chapters. McArthur notes that Paul also mentions Christ 50 times and states, “And that is because his joy is found in Christ and so is our joy.”

I have fond memories of Philippians 4:4 taught as scripture memory song that was sung as a round in the Children’s Ministry classes that I taught for years. Here is a recording of the verse:

Israel Houghton offers a lively contemporary arrangement inspired in part by Philippians 4:4:

Paul’s exhortation to rejoice is clear. Philippians 4:4 is simply a reiteration of Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This verse is used as an epigraph or brief introduction to a celebratory poem that expresses the essence of joy that should abound in our lives every day.

Good News Day

This is the day the LORD has made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 Psalm 118:24

 

It’s a good news day

no blues day

new shoes

no way to lose

What a good news day

 

It’s a great day

I can’t wait day

lift your voice

let’s rejoice

Good God, a good news day

 

It’s a payday

goin my way day

no nay–all yea

what you say

Such a good news day

 

It’s a live it up day

overflowin cup day

It’s a bright and bubbly

doubly lovely

Show-nuff good news day

Good News Day

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3 Responses to “Rejoice in the Lord!”

  1. guardian Says:

    Reblogged this on Christian Chat and Forum, Blog and commented:
    rejoiceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Dr. J Says:

      Thanks, Guardian,

      Thanks first of all for following “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe” and for reblogging this entry. I tried to express my thanks in a comment on your blog, but it did not take. I also tried to thank you for the reblog, but again I was not successful. I appreciate the support.

      Dr. J

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