June 21, Another Way to Rejoice
Today’s reading: Psalms 101-105
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” - Psalm 105:1-4.
Yesterday we looked at the concept of rejoicing, which is making your joy evident through words, demeanor, and song. Today’s passage also mentions rejoicing, ordering those who seek the Lord to rejoice while adding another way to rejoice, and that is to share your testimony to as much of your world as possible. In other words, your devotion and worship cannot be a private matter, but must be carried out publicly to encourage others to join you — or at least to listen. A great example of this is found in Acts:
They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah (6:40-42).
Are you in a worse situation than the apostles were? If not, then you have no excuse not to be doing what they did — rejoicing and proclaiming the reason for their joy!