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Psalm 118:24  This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Have you ever thought about that verse?  We’ve all read it, heard it, said it and even sung the song.  But have we really thought about it?  This morning I was thinking about this verse and what it says and doesn’t say.

I noticed there are no if’s in this verse, if we are happy, if we are healthy, if we are wealthy, if everything is going our way, if there are no trials and tribulations to face.  No; there are no if’s, just simply we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Even if this is the worst day of our life thus far, we are to rejoice and be glad in it. Well how in the world do you rejoice when things are hard, when it seems like everything is falling apart?  We can rejoice in our GOD, even if there is a multitude of things for us to complain about and be sorrowful about, we should instead rejoice and be glad and focus on the LORD. Thanking God for his mercy, his grace, our salvation, and so much more.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Paul tells us; from Roman prison while in chains, Rejoice in the Lord always.  In every situation we face we are to rejoice in the Lord.  This is where our peace comes from, keeping our focus on the Lord, rejoicing in him, trusting him, casting our cares upon him, meditating on his word day and night.  Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. This is so true, he does keep his child in perfect peace when his mind is stayed on the Lord.  So rejoice, rejoice always, rejoice forevermore in the God of our salvation!

Habakuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the GOD of my salvation.