NT Connect: Philippians 4:4-20
Weekly Reading: 1 Samuel 18-22
Rejoice in the Lord Always?
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane for just a moment. Humor me, please. . . What was one of the best seasons of your life? What was a season in your life that you wouldn’t like to repeat? It may come easier for you, but it isn’t always my first inclination to rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. When I remember the good times and not-so-good times, I find myself tempted to focus more on the circumstances rather than our loving Father who is sovereign and worthy of our praise, whatever the circumstances might be.
This week as we read 1 Samuel 18-22, we noticed David transitioning through two different seasons of his life. We see him elevated and praised after the Lord used him to defeat Goliath and invited into King Saul’s home where he became best friends with Jonathan. We see him promoted to lead the Israelite army where they are victorious over their enemies. We even see David fall in love and marry Michal, King Saul’s daughter. This was a great season of life for David.
Then, we see things begin to swing in a different direction for young David. The king he loved and fought for became jealous of his fame and attempted to end David’s life. David was forced to flee to the countryside, leaving behind his best friend Jonathan and his wife Michal. Suddenly, the bad seasons of my life seem much less dramatic!
David sets an example of how we can rejoice in the Lord always. Through his season of victories, David did not become prideful, but instead he praised the Lord. Through his season of retreat, on the run for his very life, David rejoiced in the Lord without becoming bitter or whiny. Instead, he remembered who remained sovereign, even during those hard times.
Here’s how David prayed during this time: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:1-3).
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to difficulties himself. He reflects on his life and explains,“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13).
So whatever season of life you are experiencing today, join me in rejoicing in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for it is through him that we find our strength and victory.