Rejoicing

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“On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees —and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Leviticus 23:40 NIV

Tomorrow is the day we praise the Lord of all and worship Him – no different than any other day. The Christian lives in a “perpetual Sabbath” a state of mind that is in tune with God, forgiven and made alive in Christ by His once for all sacrifice for the sins of His people. Whatever we are doing, our delight in God is not far away and all our failures and disappointments are brought to Him. Accounts are short and the longing to be pleasuring in His sight is a constant motivation.

Let us take up the beauty of the world and magnify His name… The green trees with vivid and luxuriant growth reflect the growth of godliness in our own hearts. The pleasant fruit on these branches denote the fruit of the Spirit in every area of our lives and the acquiescence to the Spirit’s power that infiltrates our being. As we gather on the first day with all we have to rejoice before the Lord, so the other days of the week are full of majesty, worship and holy living…

The spectacle of Christians at worship is not seen in our times as it once was. God’s beauty and the holiness of His name is not revered. We should be exalting His name regardless, because of what He has done and casting out our fear of what other people think. Praise is the activity of God’s faithful people…

“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;” Psalm 30:1-5

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.” Isaiah 29:22-24 NIV

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