“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Rejoicing in the Lord
(Please read Philippians 1:3-6; 3:1; and 4:4)
During the Christmas season we hear many songs expressive of the joy the world should feel at the knowledge of the coming of a Savior. And the Bible confirms that the news of Jesus’ coming was surely “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10, NIV). But we should remember that this news is not just seasonal, that the joy brought by the Savior should shine brightly all year long in the lives of those who love and serve him.
Indeed, love and joy go hand in hand, and no characteristic is more closely associated in the scriptures with the religion of our Lord than the joy of his followers.
Christian joy is deeper than just “a good time,” or brief bursts of mirth and hilarity. It’s related to delight and goodness. It is not foolishness. It is a glorious emotion. Without trying to experience a perpetual “high,” we can maintain this joy as an underlying strength in our lives, but only if we think about it often and understand well that being saved in Christ is so far better than being unsaved, lost, without hope of eternal life.
So please meditate this morning on the joy that is available to followers of Christ. If you have it, glory in it and treasure it as his gift to you. May your day be a great day of joy in the Lord.