Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
There is always reason for us to rejoice, for God loves us and has provided salvation and new life through his Son Jesus Christ. Rejoicing in God is essential to our worship because it releases us from the common drudgery and sorrows of our earthly life. It is God’s will that we rejoice, not because God is needy of praise, but wants all his children to celebrate the life God has given to them.
Father, teach me to rejoice each day in the life you have given me, the love I share with others, and the good plans you have for us.
Rejoicing is a matter of focus and therefore a matter of choice. We rejoice when we focus our attention on God’s goodness, love, and activity. We can rejoice in the beauty of the day, knowing that God has made it. We can rejoice equally in the sunshine and the rain, knowing that God sends both. The world is filled with evil and ever-present sorrows, so we can always be downcast and sorrowful if that is what we choose. But the world is also filled with light and beauty, and so we can always rejoice if that is what we choose. Rejoicing is a choice, which is why this verse calls us to rejoice always. So whatever your circumstances are today, look for reasons to rejoice and then choose to rejoice.