To continually rejoice and be glad in the Lord, we must understand who God is. What we are talking about today is more than going to church. It’s more than raising your hand in praise and worship. The keyword in the title is continually rejoicing. Continually being glad in the Lord.
But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Psalm 68:3
In our verse for today, there is a prepositional phrase we need to make sure that we don’t overlook. It is, “in God’s presence.” As Christians, we have the privilege to enjoy the presence of the Lord. The Passion Translation also uses the words rejoicing and gladness in verse 3. But it ends the verse with this sentence. Let them laugh and be radiant with joy!
David Showed Us Why He Could rejoice and Be Glad in the Lord
In the entire 68th Psalm, David demonstrated to us, his and Israel’s relationship with God. How it helped them maintain continual rejoicing and gladness in their lives. In verses 5 and 6 he made a list of some of the things God did.
- To the fatherless he is a father.
- To the widow he is a champion friend.
- The lonely he makes part of a family.
- The prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. Psalm 68:5-6 TPT
David revealed the power of the Lord as He led His people out of Egypt.
O Lord, it was you who marched in front of your people, leading them through the wasteland. The earth shook beneath your feet; the heavens filled with clouds before the presence of the God of Sinai. The sacred mountain shook at the sight of the face of Israel’s God. You, O God, sent the reviving rain upon your weary inheritance, showers of blessing to refresh it. Psalm 68:7-9 TPT
David also revealed how God led the charge and defeated their enemies.
What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily he carries our burdens! Pause in his presence Our God is a mighty God who saves us over and over! For the Lord, Yahweh, rescues us from the ways of death many times. Psalm 68:19-20
Reflect on Your Own Life
Why don’t you take a few minutes to recall what God has done for you? How He has blessed you and your family. Thank Him for the times He has delivered you from situations that could have been devastating. Give Him thanks for the times He has bailed you out financially.
I’ve often wondered how many times God or one of His angels intervened for us before something dreadful happened. Something we never even knew about. I wonder if we will find out about those events when we get to heaven. When we put all of these things together, it makes it pretty simple to continually rejoice and be glad in the Lord.
Take a look at how David ended this Psalm.
Give it up for God, for he alone has all the strength and power! Proclaim his majesty! For his glory shines down on Israel. His mighty strength soars in the clouds of glory. God, we are consumed with awe, trembling before you as your glory streams from your Holy Place. The God of power shares his mighty strength with Israel and with all his people. God, we give our highest praise to you! Psalm 68:34-35
You never know David may have started and ended each of his days these thoughts in mind. It would be a good idea for us to start and end our days the same way.
Lord, we proclaim your majesty and are consumed with awe. We tremble before your glory acknowledging that you alone have all strength and power. We give our highest praise to you, oh Lord.
A related post that you may enjoy is called What Is The One Thing That Makes You Glad?
Here is where you can read the entire chapter of Psalm 68.
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