8.7.14 "Rejoice in the LORD!"

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“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24

No matter what time of the day it is, you are reading this blog to help you stay closely connected to the God of the Universe.  With all the demands on our time, you have chosen wisely.  And God says that we will be found by Him when we seek Him with all our heart.  Before you read the scripture verse and continue with the blog, I encourage you to spend time in prayer – asking God to speak to you and to help you be a good listener.  May God bless your meditation on His word!

 Habakkuk 3:1-2, 17-19

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.[a]

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

17 Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

What a beautiful prayer!  It makes sense and seems almost natural to thank God when our cup overflows with his blessings.  When all seems “right with the world” our hearts are filled with thanksgiving and praise to the One “from whom all blessings flow”.

The real test, however, is our reaction when the brook dries up – when the fig tree does not bud, there are no grapes on the vines, when the olive crop fails, when the creditor gives us a call, when the marriage seems dry, when we feel lonely, etc.  Now THAT is a test of the role God plays in our lives.  How do we react?  What do we say to God?  Do we say anything?

Thank God for Habakkuk!  He has an answer that brings life.  He says that no matter what kind of day I am having, what is going on in my world, etc. “yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior”.

So whether your day is just getting started or you have already experienced some of life’s disappointments,   I encourage you to “rejoice in the Lord”!  It’s the only way to live and the only way to experience the new life we have in Christ.