Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
The New Living Translation puts it this way:
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
The idea of continual rejoicing is also clearly revealed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:
The letter to the Philippians, written while Paul was in prison, is also known as the “Epistle of Joy” because of this particular fruit of the spirit is mentioned repeatedly throughout the four chapters. We note that in chapter 4 some form of the word joy is found in verses 1, 4, and 10.
I have fond memories of Philippians 4:4 taught as a scripture memory song that was sung as a round in the Children’s Ministry classes that I taught for years. Israel Houghton offers a lively contemporary arrangement inspired in part by Philippians 4:4:
The joy that abounds in Philippians 4 reflects a similar overflow found in the Psalms 118:24 where we find this familiar declaration:
This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The Psalmist also offers this reminder:
Psalm 35:27 (Amplified Bible)
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication and want what is right for me; Let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Other places in the Psalms make similar declarations:
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
As we reflect upon the goodness of the Lord and celebrate His faithfulness, we will also come to experience, joy, unspeakable and full of glory:
The Joy of the Lord
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat,
and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them
for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD:
neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy,
all ye that are upright in heart.
Since Christ has set us free, we are no longer bound.
To show thanks to Him we will go to any length.
We will jump and shout, leap for joy and spin around.
We will praise Him; the joy of the Lord is our strength.
We glorify His name and raise a joyful sound.
Joy like a fountain is bubbling deep in our soul:
We know an inner river of joy flows freely.
Cleansed from within by His precious blood, we are made whole.
With a voice of triumph we shout for the victory.
At all times we rejoice, for God is in control.
God has given us all things richly to enjoy
From our soul His praises we will joyfully extol.
Now we know that God’s faithfulness nothing can destroy:
We celebrate and rejoice with exceeding great joy.
Twila Paris ends our joyful celebration with “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.”