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Be Glad in the Lord

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Psalm 32:11 says, “Be glad in the Lord.” It’s a command, just like, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice,” (Phil. 4:4) is a command. Yet I think it’s a command we don’t think of obeying, for how does one “be glad” in something? We moderns feel like Woody Allen, “the heart wants what it wants,” and if it does not seem to “want” the Lord, then how will we “be glad” in Him? It seems as though a state of gladness is not up to us.

Yet there it is. We are to get our hearts happy in God. We should therefore consider how it’s done. Psalm 32 itself may give us a couple of clues. First, “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity.” (v. 5). Confessing our sins may lead us to rejoice in God, for we will receive forgiveness and have our guilt lifted. Second, “let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found.” (v. 6). Praying to God can also lead our hearts to happiness in Him, for we will be having communion with Him.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 25, 2017 at 4:16 am

Posted in Reflections, Theology

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