Pastor's Pen: Rejoice in the Lord

It seems the saying, “The dark comes just before the dawn” rings true this time of year. Just when the dark, cold, long days of winter seem to be dragging on; spring begins to peek in the window.

I’m not certain if it’s knowing a new season is upon us, the sun staying out a longer or the fact that Resurrection Sunday is almost here; but I always get that little burst of joy this time of the year.

The Bible seems to resound with joy:

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things” (Psalm 98:1).

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs” (Psalm 100:2).

“Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:21).

The Bible is full of Scripture just ringing with music that celebrates our great God! And why shouldn’t it? God is the giver of life, the provider of salvation, the One who is faithful and true.

Without God, there would be no life now and without God there would be no life after this one. How can those filled with the Holy Spirit not follow the command of Ephesians 5:19-20:

“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Is your life one full of praise to God?

If not, take time now to reflect on who God is, count the many blessings He has given and spend time rejoicing in the fact that you have life because God created it. You can sing, give thanks, make music and rejoice if it is “in the Lord” and not in yourself or your circumstances.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).