June 20, Decide to Rejoice

Today’s reading: Psalms 96-100

“Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name” - Psalm 97:11-12.

We return once again to the topic of joy. In these verses, we see that joy shines on the righteous, coming from an source outside of the recipient. It is not dependent on circumstances and is not a decision on the part of the joyful. It is a decision, however, to rejoice — to allow the joy to show on your face and in your demeanor. Paul outlined how this joy and peace can shine down on a righteous person:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:5-7).

Spend a few minutes today reflecting on this concept of joy and the process that Paul outlined in Philippians. Are you rejoicing? Do others know you have joy? As God shines joy on you, do you reflect it to others? Are you anxious? Do you pray with thanksgiving? Do you have the peace that passes all understanding?