I have often wondered how it is possible for me to ” Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. -1 Thessalonians 5:16
Here is some insight on how it can happen from God’s Word:
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” -Psalm 34: 1-3
If I am praising the Lord all the time, to Him, to others (the afflicted), and with others, these things will happen. Through praise, I am praying, through thinking of Him, His joy will come, through thanking Him in praise, more joy will come! It’s a circle that reaps unending blessings. As I share the Lord with others–His character, His blessings to us, they will in turn rejoice and wouldn’t it be lovely to hear them rejoice as well? And then to rejoice together. This is how I can lift others up. This is how I am lifted up. The elders in the Bible that surround the Lord in heaven praise Him all day long. The angels sing of His glory all day long.
I must learn to praise the Lord as I walk through my day–no matter what comes! It is my joy 🙂