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Rejoice in the Lord always

September 12, 2017

Philippians 4--4-5

The Verse of the Day offers a marvelous reminder of the attitude that believers should have as we approach every day that we draw breath.

Philippians 4:4 in the Amplified Bible Classic Edition:

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; 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,” where 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.”

Philippians 4:4 brings to mind a scripture memory song sung as a round in Children’s Ministry classes taught years ago. Here is a recording of the verse:

Paul’s exhortation to rejoice is clearly stated. 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

Israel Houghton offers a lively song of praise inspired, in part, by Philippians 4:4:

As the damaging effects of Hurricane Florence continue across the Carolinas and the southeast, weather officials indicate that the impact could have been far worse. In everything we give thanks; even in the midst of massive devastation and destruction we can acknowledge that God is good and rejoice.

Again, I say rejoice

September 12, 2016

Philippians 4--4

The Verse of the Day for September 12, 2016 is a marvelous reminder of the attitude toward God we should maintain every day of our lives:

Philippians 4:4 (Message Bible)

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Here is the familiar exhortation from the King James Version:

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, 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 similar expressions of joy found throughout the Psalms as well:

Psalm 95:1

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Psalm 98:4

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Psalm 118:24 restates the message this way:

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

The lyrics to this medley 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.

We conclude our discussion on a joyful note, as Israel Houghton offers a lively contemporary arrangement inspired in part by Philippians 4:4:

Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say rejoice

September 12, 2015

Philippians 4--4The Verse of the Day for September 12, 2015 is a marvelous reminder of how we should approach each day:

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:

Rejoice evermore.

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:

Psalm 95:1

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Psalm 98:4

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.

Nehemiah 8:10

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy,

all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalm 32:11

 

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.”

Endurance: Remaining faithful to God, despite the most difficult times

September 24, 2014

2 Timothy-2--1-4

Recently I thought of the power of a single word:

The power of a single light

Like a cloven tongue of fire

To shatter the darkest night

The word was “endurance,” the subject of a teaching by Dr. Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC. The teaching objective was to help believers remain faithful, despite hardship. The focus was on 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV):

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

He went on to define “endurance” in this way: the ability to follow and trust the Word of God when something difficult takes a long time to resolve. Believers are encouraged to remain faithful to God, despite the most difficult times.

Dr. Mellette shared three “Principles to Build Endurance”:

  1. Choose to accept that God is greater than any person you know:

Romans 8:31-32 makes known this profound truth in the face of opposition:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The Psalmist also declares:

Psalm 118:6

 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 27, my favorite psalm that I committed to memory as a teenager and still recall today as a source of great comfort in the midst of the challenging times in which we live, provides this encouragement:

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.

The second point was expressed in this way:

  1. Choose to pray for the right people to be involved with you, not the people whom you necessarily want to be involved with.

He encouraged believers to be aware of people who have the power to influence you, those who exert an overwhelming push in a direction, whether good or bad.

I thought of the exhortation in 1 Corinthians 15:33:

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

The verse is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

The teaching closed with this reminder:

     3. Choose to rejoice in the Lord

This final point brought to mind a recent blog entry in which I focused on scriptures related to “joy and rejoicing”:

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.

These scriptures are simply a reiteration of Psalm 118:24:

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

As I went over my notes and reflected on the teaching, I recall this original poem which was dedicated to a US retired Army veteran who had served our nation in a most admirable manner:

Endure Hardness as a Seasoned Soldier:

 Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering

[which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:3 (Amplified Bible)

 

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier, so said Paul.

Be ever steadfast and continue to give your all.

When you heard the call to serve, you were first to enlist.

When you saw the need, you were so willing to assist.

In strength you ran through a troop and leaped over a wall.

 

You confronted every challenge, whether great or small

And aided fellow soldiers when they happened to fall.

Though situations change, never give up but persist.

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier.

 

The Lord provided and protected through each close call,

So you must finish your race, even if you have to crawl.

Though troubles surround, God promised to be in the midst.

When enemies attack, continue to stand and resist.

Though some may disappoint you, continue to stand tall.

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier.

 

The Dust to Glory Band closes this blog entry with “Soldier of the Cross.”

Rejoice in the Lord always

September 12, 2014

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:

Rejoice in the Lord!

September 12, 2013

Philippians_4-4

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