God is everywhere. He is among the flowers; He is among the trees; He fills the sky and beyond; He is here now, with us. In everything we do, God is there. For Christians, God’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us is as sure as the coming of tomorrow. And if God is here with us now, at this very moment, what are we to do to acknowledge his presence?
The Apostle Paul answers this question like this:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
Paul continues to say in the next verse, “The Lord is at hand.” That is to say, God is near; we are to pray and give thanks, and then God’s peace will be our peace (v. 5-7).
For those of us who have accepted Christ as our savior, we have Jesus living inside of us. Knowing this, we have cause for great celebration with the Lord, for His spirit is powerful, just and righteous. No evil is too great that it can overtake us. No power is too strong that it can overwhelm us. And no spirit is higher than that of God’s spirit, comforting us in our time of need.
Our celebration is knowing God is here for us now and forever. When we raise our hands in praise, we are acknowledging His awesome love for us. When we pray, we are honoring Him for everything He has done for us. And when we thank Him, we are rejoicing in His presence.