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We often think of us rejoicing in the Lord. We think about each of us, giving praise to God through our songs, through our music, through our actions, through all that we are.
We think of so often of us, truly rejoicing and worshiping the goodness of our God, the greatness of our king. We think of all that we want to bring to God, all that we want to give to God. For He is worthy of everything that we could possible ever give to Him.
But, today, let’s think on that concept a little different. Listen to what is says today in Zephaniah 3:16-17:
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
It isn’t just that that we will sing our praises to God. It’s that He will sing over us. Think about that for just a moment. God loves us so much that He will lift up His voice and sing over us. What a powerful image.
Seriously. Stop right now and think about just how much it is that He loves you. He does. He loves you more than your human brain can understand. Man oh man, He just loves and adores you.
Don’t forget. Don’t forget that. He loves you. He will sing over you. You are His.
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This theme is this – when you are tested, when there are trials and troubles, when there are worries, rejoice! Be happy! Be excited!
Don’t let the trials and troubles you face get you down. In fact, the more trials you face, the more excited you should be!
Israel was tested. Jesus was tested. Paul was tested. We see Peter reference that testing today.
Listen to what Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:6-7:
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Why? Why should we be happy about testing? Why should we rejoice in trials?
Two reasons. First, something better is coming. This world is not the end. This life is not the end. This trial is not the end.
There are times in our lives when we are going through a trial and we think that this time of testing will be end of it all. But you know what happens? It’s not. We survive. We move on. We keep going.
These times of trial are not the end. And in fact, something better is coming. Something more life giving is coming. This is not the end.
And we rejoice secondly because these times of testing, they are just that. A test. They will make us better. They will make us stronger. They will make us more faithful.
And they make us cling to Jesus. They make us hold fast to what matters most. They make us hold on to what matters.
These trials won’t last forever. But Jesus will. Life in God will. That will last for all of eternity. So, today, if you are going through a tough time, hold fast to what matters most. Hold onto life. Hold onto faith. Hold onto what is most important.
Today, rejoice in your trials. And know that something better is coming. And let this time draw you closer to God.