I will thank the Lord at all times. My lips will always praise Him. I will honor the Lord. Let those who are hurting hear and be joyful.
1 Samuel 2:1
“The Lord has filled my heart with joy. He has made me strong. I can laugh at my enemies. I’m so glad He saved me.”
To exclaim with joy is to rejoice. The world may ridicule and laugh at our circumstances yet we are able to rejoice. We know that our hope is in a future that they cannot see.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, let me tell you what He has done for me. I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love for me!
Our attitude is directly affected by our faith as we walk through our circumstances in life. The first glimpse of faith many people have is what they see in our attitude. Our attitude is a choice based on what we believe about ourself and influenced by what we are a part of that is bigger than ourself, such as our God and serving His purpose instead of our own.
Thanksgiving is the greatest expression of faith that we can have. When we rejoice we have joy in our heart and express this joy with our lips. When times are tough in our life whether circumstantially, financially, or even relationally it is important to always find things to be grateful for. No matter what or how bad things are we can always find something to be grateful about, even if we have to look really hard.
To rejoice with a grateful heart is so important that it can change the quality of our day and even our destiny both short term and long term. Rejoicing reflects our attitude. Our attitude is what determines our altitude and this affects how long we end up staying in the wilderness. When Israel first came to the promised land, their attitude is what cost them 40 years of wondering in the desert.
The book of Exodus is an awesome picture of God's grace. When the Hebrews left Egypt they could only complain, moan and groan for their loss of the known versus the unknown ahead of them. They had a supernatural cloud to cover them by day and a pillar of fire to light the way in the desert night. This visual testimony that God had them covered and protected was not enough. Even with their constant negativity God always met them in their need, giving them what they did not deserve and had not earned. God took them out of Egypt, but He couldn't get them to let go of the Egypt in them, except for two, Joshua and Caleb.
Father God, today we ask that you help us to let go of what we have held on so tightly to from the world. We ask you to change our heart, give us the courage to embrace what we don't know and are not sure we understand that has to do with Your wisdom for our life. As we renew our mind with Your promises and truths for living our best life now; help us to always seek the wonder and recognize the honor of the life You have given us. Thank You for the hope You give us that is not determined by our own abilities and circumstances. Thank You for loving us through our challenges and always being available for us. We can rejoice because of You! Amen