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Rejoice in the Lord

Text: Philippians 3: 1-4
Excerpt: “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you” (Verse 1).

God’s word tells us to rejoice in the Lord. Our rejoicing is to be IN the Lord. Our happiness should not rest on the transient things of this life. But what does it mean to rejoice in the Lord?

What it means to rejoice in the Lord
It means to delight ourselves in the Lord, and to make our ‘boast’ in God (Psalm 37:4, Psalm 34:1-10). It’s alright to boast, as long as our boast is in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:30-31, Jeremiah 9: 23-24). God is our strength and our salvation. It’s ok to boast about Him.

What we should 'boast' about
So, what exactly do we ‘glory’ or ‘boast’ about God? Oh, we ‘boast’, exult, joy, and glory in His work of redemption. Paul ‘boasts’ that we are the true circumcision who worship God in spirit, rejoice in Jesus Christ and have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3: 3). This New Creation does not rely on human effort, but relies entirely on Christ’s finished work. Isaiah was so thrilled about the revelation of Christ’s redemptive work that he wondered who would believe it (Isaiah 53:1-12). We are called to celebrate the marvels of Christ’s salvation. We are enjoined to sing aloud His mercies, and revel in the wonders of His love.

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