Prefixes have meaning. Return – the root word, turn, is an action that you have done. To return is to turn again, to come back. The prefix re- means “again” or “again and again.”
Rejoice. The root word, joy, is a supernatural emotion. It is like happiness that we have on earth, but Joy comes from the Almighty. He puts it in our heart. It is not dependent on your circumstances but on the love of the Almighty who gave his only begotten son for your salvation. To “rejoice” it to return to your joy, the Spirit of God living in your heart. It is rehearsing what Jesus has done for you, which means remembering your joy.
John 15:9-11 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. nkj
Our joy comes from living in Jesus as his Words live in us. It is the Spirit of Jesus who fills our hearts and gives us His joy!
How do we keep our joy. Sometimes we feel like it is gone, as if joy is as fragile as happiness. Difficult circumstances can shatter our happiness. It can quickly turn to anger or despair if something in our life does not support our happiness. Everyone is happy at the pep-rally, but lose the game happiness turns to sorrow. No pep rally is required for joy and circumstances do not cause it to disappear. Happiness is for a moment, but even in sadness the joy of the Almighty gives hope. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us that walking with the Almighty in The Way means that we choose to trust Him, not what we see (good or bad) nor do we make life decisions by our own understanding or what makes sense. In Hebrew, the word for acknowledge is “yada” meaning knowledge, with a dalat (door) prefix. It is a picture of entering the door of knowledge and could read, “As you walk in The Way, enter the door of knowledge.” Where do we find knowledge? The Word of the LORD, written in the Bible and living in our heart.
We started this week with Psalm 4, a song of prayer. We are ending it with Philippians 4:4-9. Our instruction is to rejoice… when everything turns dark, rejoice. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, not what you see or feel. “Acknowledge” Him. (choose The Way of the LORD). Pray with thanksgiving, the Almighty is directing you even if your eyes and mind are not sure about the direction. How will you know you are on the right path? Look for the following.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 nkj
Mrs. Hagerty, October 2, 2015