Our Persistence in Rejoicing
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:5-6
Key Verse: Hebrews 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Rejoicing is not an easy task when we are challenged to do it “always”! I don’t always feel like rejoicing. I don’t always want to be joyful. Sometimes a “pity party” feels good to the flesh! Far too often it would be a lot easier to complain than praise.
Being able to take advantage of our right to rejoice boils down to our perspective. When I’m faced with a mountain of problems; when I feel discouraged or simply in a bad mood, it’s my perspective that dictates how I respond. In our suggested additional reading section, the Hebrew writer reminds us that God has promised never to leave us and never to forsake us. He goes on to say, with confidence, the Lord is our helper—“I will not be afraid, what can man do to me” (Hebrews 13:6). No matter what we are facing in life, if our perspective is created through the lens of scripture, we can rejoice—always!
Our printed key verse for today speaks of giving God a sacrifice of praise. At times, praise flows easily from the overflow of our emotions. These are the times that it doesn’t take sacrifice to give God praise. But there are many times when to push words of praise through our lips takes real discipline and sacrifice. These are the times when our spirit must rule over our flesh. We must offer God praise during these dark moments, not because we feel like it, but because we know He deserves it. Today, no matter what comes your way, offer God praise—He is worthy.
Father, I want to rejoice even when there doesn’t seem to be a reason to rejoice. You are always worthy of praise. Grant me strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.