Do you know how many times in the scriptures, we are commanded to rejoice? I like the story in Pollyanna (an excellent book, by the way!), where she is talking about the “rejoicing texts”. She shares how her father had gone through and counted all the times in the Bible that we were told to rejoice, and there were 800 of them! Now, I haven’t counted all the verses for myself, but I know that there are MANY of them. It seems that if our Heavenly Father is going to tell us the same thing, over and over again, He probably wants us to do it.
I want to share a few of the “rejoicing texts” that I have found meaningful.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — Yet I will rejoice in YHWH [the LORD], I will joy in the God of my salvation. YHWH God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills. Habakkuk 3:17-19
For those of us who are not farmers, it may not mean so much, but in the agricultural community and nation that Habakkuk was a part of, this made perfect sense. If you can’t harvest from the fig trees, the vines, the olives, and fields … if you don’t have any flocks or herds … things are going terrible! When it seems like everything is going wrong, remember this verse. In spite of it all, rejoice in YHWH. He is our strength, and will lift us up to walk on high hills, and even to soar like eagles (Isaiah 40:31)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. Psalm 5:11
There’s not much explaining to do here 🙂 Do you put your trust in Him, and love His name? Then REJOICE!
This is the day YHWH has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
My little brother loves this song! He used to request it every single day, during our praise and worship time! He has started picking other songs more recently, but this is one that we should always remember. YHWH gives us each day as a gift, and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), so rejoice and be glad in it!
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
Again, this is pretty simplistic – rejoice! Always!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) for you. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Did you know that everything that happens to us, is part of YHWH’s plan for us. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” In every situation that we face, we should be rejoicing and giving thanks, because we know that it is part of YHWH’s will for us. It may not always be pleasant or enjoyable – Hebrews 12:6 says; “For whom YHWH loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” However, we know that, according to 1Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation [or trial] has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” He is faithful … may we ever be rejoicing in His goodness to us!
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7
This verse comes from the last book of the Bible, and is an invitation to the wedding supper of the Lamb. He is our bridegroom, and we are His bride. We are in a state of betrothal right now … waiting for Him to return and marry us. Imagine if you were betrothed to a young man … would you not want to spend as much time as possible with him? Think about the excitement that you would have as you prepared, and made yourself ready for your wedding. I can only imagine that we will be in a high state of joy and excitement! Our relationship with the Messiah should be the same way. Let us prepare, and get ourselves ready for the day that He returns for us, and we will rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory!