Rejoice and be glad!

“May those who seek you, rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for saving help always say, ‘The Lord is great!’”  Psalm 70:4.

I’ve been sliding along in a bit of a rut the last couple of days.

That seems to happen when things don’t go the way I want them to.

This verse is an “awakener” for me.

If I am not rejoicing and glad, then something is amiss in my life.

I am told to weep with those who weep.  Otherwise, I have no reason to be glum.  And that’s what I’ve been lately.

I have God in my life.  I belong to Him, yet I’m glum.  How can those two things possibly go together?  They can’t!

If I have God in charge, then I know that ALL things work together for good.  Not some.

I was thinking about the common phrase; God has never failed me yet.  Of course He has!  Say what?  When I set up standards FOR God, I will be disappointed.  What I want, and what He knows is best, can easily be two different things.

I want Photoshop Elements 13 to work perfectly.  It hasn’t been.  That bothers me, and I reflect that discontent in other ways.  Wait a minute.  If I’m letting God run my life and something doesn’t work, I must not surrender the rejoicing and being glad part of my life.  I still have Him.  I can call on Him and rejoice and be glad knowing He is with me.

How can God get my attention?  Do I need lightning!  If something doesn’t work, there is much to rejoice and be glad in.  Huh?  Maybe God wants to move me away from what I was spending so much time doing.  Maybe He wants me to practice patience.  Maybe He wants me to appreciate His Presence in all seasons.  Maybe He wants me to seek help.

However, when I started out reacting poorly, the other possibilities were lost……….until I “ran” across Psalm 70:4.  “May all who seek You (that’s me) rejoice and be glad (no matter what the circumstances) in You.”

God is in charge.  Will I behave accordingly in all seasons?  That is a good question for me.

Conclusion: I must live as if God is in charge…..because He is.  Rejoicing (in Him) and being glad (because of Him) must impact all my behavior.

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