"Rejoice IN THE LORD, O ye righteous; for praise is comely for the upright." Psalm 33:1
"Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope IN THEE." Psalm 33:22
As I read these statements this morning, I was struck by the first one "Be glad IN THE LORD".
Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of circumstances in which we are anything BUT glad. Yet this verse tells us HOW to be glad. We are to be glad IN THE LORD.
As I continued to read, I also read we are to rejoice IN THE LORD and to hope IN THE LORD.
This does not tell us to be glad in our circumstances. Rather it encourages us that in the midst of our problems, our sorrows, our overwhelming circumstances, we are to be glad IN THE LORD. IN HIM we have everything we need. IN HIM we can put our complete trust and confidence. IN HIM we can lay our burdens down. IN HIM we can rest in His complete sovereignty and faithfulness.
As long as we keep our focus on our problems, on our troubles, on ourselves, we can't see HIM. But when we are centered IN HIM; when our focus is ON HIM; when we recognize it's not about US, but about HIM, then we can release it all TO HIM and understand that IN HIM is the best place in the world to be.
Our problems may not disappear, but we will be IN HIM and IN HIM we can do anything! Today, whatever you are facing....even if your heart is breaking, even if your world is crashing around you, look up and see the face of the ONE who loves you more than anything else in the world and see the ONE in whom you can be glad! And remember this:
FOR THIS YOU HAVE JESUS!
No matter what your THIS is,
He is BIG ENOUGH!