Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4
With all of the bad news circulating, it is good to know that we as Christians still have plenty of reasons to rejoice.
I. The reasons we have to rejoice in the Lord are manifold.
A. We should rejoice in the Lord because of His greatness (Psalms 147:4–5, 15–18; 148:1–6).
B. We should rejoice in the Lord because of His goodness and mercy (Psalms 145:8–9; 146:7–9; 23:6).
C. We should rejoice in the Lord simply because of His great name (Psalms 148:13; 115:1).
D. We should rejoice in the Lord because of His salvation (1 Samuel 2:1; Exodus 15:1–18; Psalms 13:5; 20:5).
II. Who should rejoice in the Lord?
A. Both great and small should rejoice in the Lord (Psalms 148:11; Philippians 2:9–11).
B. Both young and old should rejoice in the Lord (Psalms148:12; Ecclesiastes 12:1).
C. Both male and female should rejoice in the Lord (Psalms 148:12; Jeremiah 31:13; Galatians 3:26–29).
III. How can we rejoice in the Lord?
A. By singing to Him a new song (Psalms 149:1; Revelation 15:3–4)
B. By assembling with the saints (Psalms 149:1; 150:1; Deuteronomy 12:7)
C. By honoring His Word (Psalms 148:8, cf. Mark 4:39–41)
A. The psalmist said, “I will praise the Lord as long as I live” (146:2).
B. Is your life a song of praise to the Lord? Can others see your joy and the effects of God’s salvation?