Luke 1:14 “And thou shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.”
Rejoice! The word rejoice is not seen in scripture, till Israel is out of Egypt….out of the bondage…into a relationship with God. (Leviticus 23:40)
Rejoice in the Hebrew means to brighten, to gladden.
And what are we to rejoice in?
Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praises to Thy Name, O Thou Most High.”
Psalm 5:11 “But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.”
Psalm 9:14 “….I will rejoice in Thy salvation.”
Psalm 31:7 “I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities;”
We are to rejoice in Him….
We are to rejoice in His salvation…
We are to rejoice in His mercy…
We are to rejoice in His protection….
All of these are summed up in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord….for us.
Isaiah 25:9 “And it shall be in that day; lo, this is our God: we have waited for Him, and He shall save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
But are we rejoicing as we should?
We have been told to:
“Rejoice evermore” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice” Philippians 4:4
We are to allow the Holy Spirit within us to gladden us….in the Lord alway.
For the Holy Spirit within shows us the things of Christ….for us.
Let us rejoice and be glad….
…glad that we are in Christ Jesus
…glad that He has a plan for us
…glad that wherever we are, what ever is going on….He knows and will give us guidance….there.
Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.”
Let us prepare our hearts for that great and glorious day when we will be with Him…..forever….
….by rejoicing now in His Will and Way for us.
God sent His Son, that our hearts might come close to Him….and we might rejoice….
….how great and mighty a God we have….that He takes sinners and makes them pure….that we might have that fellowship of rejoicing with Him.