Rejoice in the Lord always

Philippians 4--4

The Verse of the Day for Friday, September 12, 2013 is a marvelous reminder of the attitude that we should have not only on Friday but every 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!

Paul’s exhortation to rejoice is clear, as the same sentiment is expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:

Rejoice evermore.

Joy, a fruit of the spirit, is a word that resonates throughout the Book of Philippians which Biblical teachers, such as John McArthur, call the “Epistle of Joy.” Indeed, Paul mentions some form of the word “joy” at least 16 times in these four chapters. In chapter 4 some form of the word is found in verses 1, 4, and 10. 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.”

Philippians 4:4 is simply a reiteration of Psalm 118:24:

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

The lyrics to these two popular praise songs reinforce this truth:

This Is the Day (Medley)

This is the day. This is the day that the Lord has made,

That the Lord has made.

I will rejoice. I will rejoice.

I will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

I will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day. This is the day that the Lord has made.

 

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart.

I will enter His courts with praise.

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made.

I will rejoice, for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad. He has made me glad.

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad. He has made me glad.

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

 

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:

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