Rejoice in the Lord Always, for He is good. He gave us life and breath and loved us first above all else. His mercies are forever sure and His grace is everlasting. Wonderful are the Lord’s deeds and perfect are His ways. No one can resist the Lord our God.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Blessed be the name of the Lord, for He has poured joy into our hearts through Jesus Christ, who lives in us. Happy are we to know His ways and see His miracles. Great is He to have blessed us with happiness, brimful and running over.
Wonderful is our God, who has made all things, sustains all things and blesses all things with His presence. Blessed are we to bow our knees to our Heavenly Father and give thanks for all the good He has done in our lives.
Rejoice in God, for His love for us will never fail. He rescues us daily, purging us of our sins and filling us with His spirit so that His love lives in us forever. Give honor to Him who made us and bless Him always. Rejoice in the Lord always.
When we bow our knees to the Lord our God, knowing He has sacrificed so much for us through His son Jesus, seeking His will for our lives in faith, He will answer us and give us what we need. He will not let us suffer more than we can bear.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
(1 John 5:14-15)
Seek riches that moth cannot corrupt and rust cannot consume, for real riches, true eternal riches, come from God. The rich store gold in their purses and goods in their homes, but the wise, who seek God’s will, store eternal riches in mansions that will not fade.
Take comfort in God knowing the rich have received their reward. Our reward is yet waiting for us in heaven, and neither man nor demon will be able to take away what God has generously given to us, His elect.
Count it all joy when God allows us to wait for His answer to our requests. His plans for us will not fail, for He purposes His will so that we glorify Him in all things through our patient endurance. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be of cheer; put your confidence in God.
If God did not spare His only Son Jesus Christ, who bore our sins on the cross on our account, what more would He do for us, since He considers us heirs to all things? He would do anything for us; His dominion is everlasting, and we will one day reign with him forever.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”
No manner of fear should shake us from our faith in God, for He is the bulwark against which our enemies will fight. No one can resist Him. He is kind to the kind, and He is merciful to the merciful. He will pour His wrath upon the unjust.
Whatever plans that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, has for us, will come to naught. He has no power over us, for we no longer walk following the course of this world. His time will soon be at an end.
Bless the Lord our God, for He is good. Bless Him and His holy name. His mercies will never fail. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He will repay. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Holy, holy, holy, is our God, who saved us from the penalty of sin and has given us true freedom from iniquity through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Blessed are we to know salvation; blessed are we to know that we will one day live and reign with Christ forever.
“And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’”
Who set the boundaries of the sky, separating it day from night? Who says to the waves, “To this shore and no further shall you go?” Who brought life to this world, raising the branches of the trees in worship to its Creator?
Who made the whale to drift back and forth in the ocean, proclaiming God’s glory? Who lifted the wings of the eagle, for it to waft along the mountains, honoring Him who gave it life? Who set the lion on the jungle’s throne to reign as a witness to its Maker’s majesty?
Only our God can raise and lower mountains by His Word. Only our God can give rain in due season. Only our God can purge the wicked from this world. Only our God can give and take life. Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.
As God has forgiven us, let us forgive others. No manner of sin should rule in our heart. Put away bitterness and draw nearer to God, for His love for us is good and His troubles are light. Worship him always, giving thanks for His love.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Be rid of bitterness, for it is as a weed that wastes the heart and strangles life. Hate rises from its roots and threatens all who keep company with us. Purge its ground with God’s love and allow His kindness to flourish within you.
Be gentle toward one another. Never allow a slight to turn us from God’s truth. Through Jesus, we have salvation. Is there anything more we ought to desire than to be with God always? Show compassion toward all, for we do not know their plight.
Give to those in need. Bless the homeless. Show mercy to those who struggle inwardly. Visit the infirm. Bestow heavenly treasures to the elect, guiding them toward God. See that no one leads you astray. Be kind to one another.
If we believe Jesus is the Son of God, who came to take away sins, who died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead, then we do well. Salvation is ours. Jesus is Lord and one day, we also will rise from the dead.
“Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’”
Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus grew up a carpenter. His first miracle was at a wedding feast where He turned water into wine. Soon after, he would cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead, for He is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus’ last miracle was healing the ear of a servant of the high priest who had come to take Him away. He could have commanded more than twelve legions of angels to rescue Him, but instead He said, “All who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
Jesus fulfilled the scriptures. He now sits at the right hand of the Father, and one day soon, He will return. Once He does, we will rise and be with Him always. His dominion will have no end, and its breadth will be from everlasting to everlasting.
As many times as we lift our hands in worship to God, He blesses us with hope. As many times as we drop to our knees in prayer, giving thanks to Him, He listens and grants His will in our lives. If we humble ourselves before Him, He will always rescue us from our trials.
O LORD My God, You Are Very Great
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
How great is our God? He creates the mist on a lake, quieting the fish to sleep. He forms the morning dew that rolls from a leaf, giving moisture to the ground underneath. He blossoms the rainbow after a heavy storm, a promise He would protect us from destruction.
How great is our God? He gives us what we need, never allowing us to suffer more than what we can bear. He continually watches over us, delivering us from evil. He saved us by offering His Son Jesus as a sacrifice to pay for the penalty of our sins.
No one can separate us from God. His love for us will never fail. He will bless us in our trial, give us hope when we need it most and rescue us always without restraint.
Great are you, Lord!