"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4 NIV
Looking back over years of taking classes, I have likely taken thousands of notes, carefully capturing the lecturers' key points. If I heard something once without writing it down, I was likely to forget; however, my chances increased simply by taking notes. If I reviewed the notes, even once, my chances of remembering improved further. I also soon realized if the speaker repeats something, it's an essential point. Anything the lecturer repeated would undoubtedly appear on a future exam.
Paul has a crucial point for his audience to comprehend–rejoice in the Lord! In verses 6-7, he continues with his reasoning, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We can rejoice because of our confidence in God. We know he is with us in both times of joy and sadness. We recall all the times he has delivered us and his continual goodness. Because of what he has done, we trust he will continue to do. So, while we fail to comprehend his plans, we rejoice, knowing whatever he has in store will be for our good, in our living and dying.
Gracious God, we rejoice in you! We praise and worship your Holy name because you first loved us. Father, thank you for your Son and the Holy Spirit that fills our hearts with your peace. Amen.