Friday, August 3, 2012

Joy Inexplicable

UV 481/10,000 Inexplicable Joy Philippians 4 v 4 Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. To rejoice means to be exceedingly glad. The gladness on our face reflects the overflowing joy of our hearts. As the Book of Proverbs states, “ A glad heart is good medicine.” Even as our sadness has a self-destructive property, our gladness has a self healing and health enhancing property. St Paul reiterated the Psalmist’s call to rejoice in the Lord. It implies that we must turn away from rejoicing in the world and the things of the world, the things that formerly brought us pleasure. Instead, the primary source of our joy should be the Lord Himself. The joy of the Lord is my strength- implying thereby, that I find my joy in the things the Lord Himself rejoices in. We need to rejoice or celebrate the presence of the Lord in us and with us as a man takes pleasure in inviting an important person home for dinner. Our hope in the Lord makes us rejoice. It makes us bless the Lord at all times that our praise and thanksgiving to Him are continually in our mouths. St Paul emphasized the need to rejoice again despite our circumstances or challenges or problems as only a joyful heart can join in worshipping the Lord. Such joy has the power to lift us out of those very circumstances that threaten our well being. The glory of the Lord or the exceeding greatness of the Lord, the greatness that exceeds our imagination, will begin to outwork and fulfill the will of the Lord in our lives. That joy is not rational- it cannot be logically explained. It is a supernatural emotion arising from the depth of our being. It is an act of will in obedience to God’s Word. Prateep V Philip

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