What Is Rejoicing?

In his newest and insightful book, Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller addresses the idols that fight (and many times win) to take the prominent place that God should hold in our lives.

In the last chapter, while discussing how to make Christ central, he provides a unique, helpful, and biblical description of rejoicing ::

“Rejoicing” in the Bible is much deeper than simply being happy about something.  Paul directed that we should “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4), but this cannot mean “always feel happy,” since no one can command someone to always have a particular emotion.

To rejoice is to treasure a thing, to assess its value to you, to reflect on its beauty and importance until your heart rests in it and tastes the sweetness of it. (emphasis mine)

“Rejoicing” is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, and until it relaxes its grip on anything else it thinks that it needs.

Praying with you that we will see the beauty of, rest in, taste the sweetness of, and hold only onto Jesus today.


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