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Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord always

Updated on September 12, 2012

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

A fairly well known verse I’m thinking, as I would have recognized it even as a scripturally illiterate 20 year old. Why? Because I heard it in song many times as I sat in the pews of St. Vincent DePaul Church as a kid. Guess that kind of testifies to the power and influence of music in our lives; especially music employed in the praise and worship of God.

Today’s verse is a short one liner, packed with a disproportionately large meaning. A common trait found within scripture, as you could spend a lot of time picking apart a single verse or chapter.

Take yesterday as I was driving home. As is often the case, I reach my limit for political wrangle and/or just plain old bad news piping in via the airwaves. So I go to 94.1, local KLOVE station, where I can find good news. Good news of the Gospel in song. “Gospel” literally means good news, and so it is.

If there seems too much bad news around us, we can find refuge in He whom is good. We can rejoice in that option, find peace and escape our exhaustion. Cast our cares upon Him.

Rejoice that He has provided us an outlet to escape; to find comfort.

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      suvitharoja 4 years ago from India

      Hi,

      Good to be reminded of this beautiful verse. Paul tells everyone to rejoice always in every problem. Many times, we feel it is not possible to rejoice in the lord in times of trouble.

      However, it is interesting to know what Paul was doing when he wrote this verse. He was a prisoner and he was left alone in a small pit without light and air. As he was a roman, he was allowed to write letters.

      We dont understand what is so much rejoicing in that situation. However, Paul is not talking about the smaller things of life. Rather he is talking about the large perspective. When we submit our lives to the Lord, he takes care of everything and we don't need to worry about anything. He has a plan in all things He does. if we experience a problem, it is because God wants to teach us about his unchanging love and support and how He can bring us out of every situation. Simply rejoice in the Lord and sing praised to Him and He will take care of everything.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Also reminds me of I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Be joyful aways, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances." It is difficult to do sometimes but great medicine for the soul when applied.

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Yep.

      I am thankful today.

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      Alexander Gibb 4 years ago from UK

      An inspirational Hub and the comments are pretty good as well!

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      William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      Excellent Hub! Talking about music employed in the praise and worship of God---my wife and I lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for a year. We attended a fantastic church called Christ Life Church in Tempe. We had a real thrill one Sunday morning as the Christian music group Avalon performed at our church! It was glorious! Their music can lift me out of any down mood that I'm in, my wife and I have become huge Avalon fans! By the way my favorite passage in the Bible is one that everyone knows. It comes at a certain time of year, but it's good all year 'round---

      Luke 2: "And there were in the fields shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of The Lord shined all around them and they were greatly afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not for I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For today, in the City of David, A Savior is born to you, who is Christ The Lord."

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Amen and today is another good day.

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      agreed and thanks

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I hear that, like to listen to my classic rock, but need to balance it with some praise music as it lifts me up.

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