The Word that Deserves Repeating

September 24, 2012

in Everyday Words

I do say too much too much.

‘Come on.’ ‘Come on.’

‘Finish that problem.’  ‘Finish that problem’

‘Pick up the Legos.’  ‘Pick up the Legos.’

‘Let’s Go.’  ‘Let’s Go.’

‘Get your shoes.’ ‘Get your shoes.’

‘Are you listening?’ ‘Are you listening?’

How many times have I told them that I’d already told them?

How many times does Christ have to tell me?

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4

These are the words worth repeating.  No matter how late I’m running or how many wrong turns we take, everywhere I turn this week, I want to hear these words, hear Him saying this again and again:

Rejoice.  Take joy.  Be happy.

In Me.

Find Me.  Look for Me.  Call to Me.  Wait for Me.  Be with Me.

Could the week before us look like this when it’s behind us?  

A continuous, replay of joy?  

I want a string of days like that.  Of happiness in Christ on repeat.

Joy over my salvation. (‘Restore to me the joy of my salvation…’)

Joy over the Word. (‘How sweet are thy words to my taste…’)

Joy over those who are rejoicing. (‘Rejoice with those who rejoice…’)

Joy when I have the opportunity to give or serve. (‘God loves a cheerful giver….‘)

Joy because I have Christ.  (‘I have told you this so that my joy may be in you…’)

Lord, let these be the words I repeat this week.

Rejoice, I’m going to say it again, rejoice!

‘Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!’   (Philippians 4:4, the Message)

Would you join me this week in praying for true happiness?  What if the world, your city, neighborhood, your home were all filled with Christ followers completely happy in Him?  What better way to bring joy to our Savior!

Let’s challenge ourselves to silence ourselves when we want to grumble or complain, to sigh or wallow in disappointment and pray for grace to rejoice instead.  And to do that again and again again.

The one feeling that’s worth repeating-all week (and all life, and for all eternity) long.

In thy presence is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures forever.  Psalm 16:11

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