Did you know that God delights in you? In fact, Zephaniah 3:17 says that throughout life, “He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” That’s pretty amazing! Our perfectly perfect God takes time to rejoice over you, personally, in song. In return, do you ever find yourself reciprocating that delight? When we set aside time to talk to the Lord in prayer, it may be easy to be solely focused on what’s missing in our lives, situations that have gone entirely wrong, or things that just upset us. Of course He wants us to come to Him with what we need and what we are struggling with; in Philippians 4, Paul actually says that we should do this! But our prayers don’t need to be limited to just that. Right alongside presenting our requests to God, Paul says to rejoice in the Lord!
God wants to see us filled with joy and peace. He intentionally placed us on earth so we could know Him and have abundant life. He gave us the trees and the oceans and the mountains, so that we could see His beauty. He gave us friends and family and people, so that we could find community. He gave us the ability to wake up each day and to know that we are loved and have purpose.
God places easter eggs of Himself throughout your life and He wants you to see them. What’s going great in your life right now? What’s something that you’re passionate about doing? What’s a song that really gets you dancing? Who are the people that lift you up and make you feel loved? Praise God for those things! Give thanks to Him for placing those gifts in your life. He gave you that, because he wants you to enjoy life on earth.
What are 5 things (big or small) you are thankful for today? Write them down and pray to God, thanking Him for that list. Throughout the day, keep your eyes peeled for the little things in your life that you delight in, and use them as a reminder to delight in our Lord!
Shout with joy to the Lord , all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let 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.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.