One of our Christian duties is to rejoice daily. The more we learn of the Lord, the more we may rejoice.
It is easy to rejoice in moments of excitement, but to rejoice always, in affliction, in pain, weariness, in disappointment, is difficult.
The apostle Paul learned the lesson which he now teachers.
We have learned that our joy is in the Lord and let us rejoice in what Jesus did, in what he is.
Let us rejoice in his incarnation, in his holy life, in his suffering for us, in his precious death, in his resurrection, in his ascension.
Let us rejoice in his humility, in his purity, in his unselfishness, in his holy courage, in his love, in his gentleness, in his sympathy, in his love, in his glory and in his majesty.
Let us rejoice in our spiritual fellowship we have in Christ and in his most gracious presence abiding in our heart.
What may be the results of rejoicing in the Lord Jesus? Our joy in Jesus will lead to the gentleness and forbearance towards others “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal.6:2)
When we rejoice in the Lord Jesus, happy are we in that great possession, we are not selfish, we do not not insist eagerly on our rights, but will give way to others, we will be gentle and kind, and it is because Jesus is in our life “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:” (Mt.7:12)
When we rejoice in Christ we will love his appearing, we love to think on his appearing and be prepare for it. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” (Titus2:13)
Our pure joy dispels restless cares. He who rejoices in the Lord is not disturbed by distracting anxiety about worldly things “And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” (I.Ki.2:9)
Heavenly joy keeps the mind clear and calm, it concentrates the thoughts upon the great gladness of the presence of the Lord, in comparison which the objects of worldly pursuit are insignificant “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,” (Heb.12:2)
If we are learning to rejoice in him, we shall learn in like measure the difficult lesson to cast all our care upon him “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I.Pt.5:7)
Inner spiritual joy must express itself in prayer and supplication. Prayer is converse with God, and we must take delight in holding converse with him whose presence is our chiefest joy.
Our love for prayer is a index of our love for God. The more we love him, the more constant our prayer will be, we shall learn to prayer always, on all occasions, great and small “Pray without ceasing.” (I.Thess. 5:17)
We must make our request known unto the Lord in everything, in all the difficulties of daily life “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil.3:6)
Nothing is to small to ask God’s counsel upon, nothing so great and engrossing as to keep us from our daily prayer.
Jesus encourages us to come to him with all our cares.
To be able to pray in times of distress and crushing sorrow, when pray is most needful and most helpful, we must learn to pray in health and prosperity, we must pray in everything
Daniel, in the hour of danger, “Kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” (Dan.6:10)
Daniel had formed the habit of prayer. That habit is the result of daily prayer.
Pure joy implies daily thanks giving.
True pray finds its natural expression in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”;(Eph.5:19)
Daniel gave thanks in the time of peril, Job in his deep distress “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 23:10)
Joy expresses itself in prayer and thanksgiving, prayer and thanksgiving bring peace.
Peace is the fruit of the Spirit, and the Spirit is given in answer to earnest prayer “how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Lk.11:13)
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give” (Jh.14:27) The heart in which that peace abideth is not trouble, neither is it afraid.
The peace of God passeth all understanding, none can tell its calm and its blessedness but those to whom it is given “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” (Jh.14:1)