From the Pastor
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, in a quick biblical overview, I found at least 10 reasons as to why we are called to rejoice. I hope this list is encouraging to you as it was to me!
- We are called to rejoice in our Lord’s deliverance.
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.
Psalm 35:9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.
- We are called to rejoice in the goodness of God.
Ecclesiastes 7:21 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
2 Chronicles 6:41 And now arise, O LORD God, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in your goodness.
- We are called to rejoice that we are blessed to suffer for Him.
Acts 5:41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
- We are called to rejoice that we have the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God (the Bible) to feed us.
Psalm 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.
- We are called to rejoice in our God and who He is.
Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
- We are called to rejoice that our names are written in heaven.
Luke 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
- We are called to rejoice in our families.
Proverbs 23:24-25 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. 25 Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.
- We are called to rejoice in the future.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
- We are called to rejoice in Word properly and faithfullypreached.
Philippians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Philippians 2:16-18 Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
10. We can rejoice in the coming of our LORD!
Titus 2:13 Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
What other reasons from Scripture do you find we are called to rejoice?