Day 7 | Rejoice
Reading: Psalm 100
Joy is a big part of Christmas. At least, it’s supposed to be. When the angel announced the birth of Jesus, he said he was bringing good news of “great joy.” In 1 Peter 1:8, Peter says that believers should possess an inexpressible joy because of Jesus. But much like the thorns that can grow up around a plant and choke the life out of it, the cares of this world can dull our joy. We remember that we live by faith and not by sight, but there are a lot of things we see that can hinder joyful living. But the gospel reminds us in those moments that we are greatly loved by God, and his love never changes. His love for us endures forever, through our inconsistencies and our ups and downs. We truly have a reason to rejoice.
Psalm 100 urges us to reflect on the goodness and love of God for us. But as it calls us to remember, it also calls us to act. As we remember the goodness of God, we respond. Make a joyful noise. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come into his presence with singing. Know that He is God. Enter his gates. Give thanks. These responses are the fruit of reflection on the goodness and love of God. Are they missing from your life? When was the last time you paused to preach the gospel to yourself? When was the last time you reminded yourself of God’s great love and goodness? Pause and remind yourself of those gospel truths now.
Question: How can you incorporate a rhythm of remembering and rejoicing in God together this Advent season?