Our family was blessed this past Sunday Evening to hear a message by one of the young men under care in our Presbytery on Philippians 4:4-7:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I have heard many messages on rejoicing in the Lord always, but this was by far the best I have heard on this topic. Not only did the speaker do an excellent job in the exposition of the passage, but he was the only one I have heard to point back to Philippians 2:28, “I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.” A nice reminder from Paul, who tells us to not be anxious about anything, but that he also struggled with being anxious.
It is nice to know, in a fallen world where we face trial and struggle, as we seek to rejoice in the Lord always, that we do not merely give ourselves a pep talk. God is the one who sends us peace in the midst of trial. God reminds Paul, as he prays that God take away his thorn in the flesh, that His grace is sufficient for Paul. His grace is also sufficient for you and I as well.
These commands come from a loving, compassionate source, the Holy Spirit. Let us rejoice in the Lord Always. Let our reasonableness be know to everyone. And may we let all our requests be made known to God.
For He is our peace and He is our joy!