There are a lot of things in life to be worried about. Concerns about car repairs, bills, health problems, and children can overtake our minds and keep us from seeing God’s gifts in the day to day. Fortunately, as Christians we have a lot to be joyful about. That is to say that even in distressing circumstances, we can find relief in the presence and blessings of God.
To the joy-drained Philippians, Paul encouraged them to reclaim their joy by changing their frame of mind writing:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever
is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Worship is a time where our frame of mind is changed. Our focus shifts from ourselves to God. The songs we sing praise God for His greatness. The preaching proclaims His glory. The Lord’s Supper reminds of His sacrifice for us. And the fellowship with other Christians extinguishes the feeling that we are all alone.
During the Lord’s Supper this morning, say a prayer thanking God for the joy He has placed into your life. Be specific. Even though it may not always feel this way, in Christ we have much to be joyful about. As you join with your family to worship this morning, be joyful.