Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep

The Verse of the Day for May 28, 2018 comes from Romans 12:15 in the New Living Translation:

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 in the New Living Testament also remind us:

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

Whether we are celebrating the success of an individual and rejoicing with that person who has just been promoted or we are comforting someone who is experiencing a sense of sorrow, having just lost their job or their home, we experience a wide range of emotions in life. We are ever mindful, however, that times and seasons change, and we must change our response to changing circumstances accordingly.

One of the times when we “weep with them that weep” occurs with the death of a family member, a friend, or loved one. During such times we may experience deep sorrow and great loss, as we look to t he Word of God to find the comfort and strength to overcome the sense of anguish that can be overwhelming. Because of the hope of Christ’s return, the Scriptures indicate that believers should not sorrow as others who have no hope, but the Bible does not state that we should not sorrow at all. Indeed, there is a time to weep but there is also a time to rejoice.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind, a blog post discussing the blessings and benefits of always being thankful. In every situation no matter how upbeat or dark it may appear to be, we can always find something to be thankful for. We desire to maintain a continual “attitude of gratitude,” which some have called “thanksliving.” Each time we set our minds to be thankful, we are doing the will of God, the innermost desire of every believer.

The essence of our attitude of endless gratitude is expressed in this exhortation:

In happy moments, praise God.
In difficult moments, seek God.
In quiet moments, worship God.
In painful moments, trust God.
In every moment, thank God.

At All Times

I will bless the Lord at all times,
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 34:1

When we taste of God’s goodness and His great mercy,
As we savor the ecstasy of victory,
When joy overflows and floods our soul, we will praise God.

When gripped by the devices of this transient life
And caught in the straits of rising conflict and strife,
During these difficult moments, we will seek God.

When we long to abide within a tranquil mood
And linger in moments of sweetest quietude,
From the depths of our heart, we will worship God.

Despite raging seas, stormy winds and blinding rain,
When protracted pain strikes like a knife and numbs the brain
So that we can scarcely scream His name, we will trust God.

All along life’s journey, no matter the season,
Through every why and wherefore, for every reason,
Every moment we draw breath, we will thank God.

We seek the Lord and ask ourselves, “What shall we do?”
“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”
“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”

Though our hearts may be heavy during times of sorrow and loss, we rejoice, knowing that God will turn our mourning into joy, and will comfort us, causing us rejoice in sorrow. Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT) remind us:

5 Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.

6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Esther Mui offers Psalm 126 Song “Those Who Sow in Tears Shall Reap in Joy” (Christian Praise Worship w/ Lyrics)

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2 Responses to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep”

  1. joseph elon lillie Says:

    Amen. We must give ourselves time to mourn…but not too much time.

  2. Dr. J Says:

    Thanks for your comment. In a previous blog post on the same verse I shared a “blues sonnet” entitled “Ain’t no time to mourn. . . sometime” It reinforced the message your just stated. Thanks again.

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