Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
Praising God is so important for those of us who are believers in Christ. Psalm 53:1 says, “Praise is becoming to the upright.” It is the right thing for a Christian to do. Our chief end according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Praise enables us to do both.
When we praise God we find incredible joy. We also find direction for our lives. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” I really love that verse. When we come into the presence of God and delight in Him, we will find fullness of joy. We will see God for who He truly is and we will experience His joy deep within ourselves.
When we praise God, we will get our perspective right. Praise causes us to lift our eyes above our circumstances and turn them toward our loving, sovereign Lord. We know His power and we grasp His sovereign control over our lives. When we realize these things, we are set free from anxiety. It is then that we can even rejoice in our sufferings — “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:2b-5).
When we rejoice in God, we too will rejoice — “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7). Our feelings will follow the way we think and act. When we rejoice in the Lord, we will feel joy in our hearts. There is no greater joy than the joy we experience when we rejoice and delight in our glorious Savior.
Lord Jesus, I lift up praise to Your holy name. You are my Savior, Lord, King and the great joy of my life. I rejoice in You for who You are and for what You have done for me. May my praise be pleasing in Your sight this day.
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