“You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. You visit the earth and water it” (Psalm 65:8, 9).

“To rejoice” is one of the important inheritances of the children of God. Rejoicing in God alone is a great thing. God, who gives all the good things perfectly, always makes you rejoice.

God has promised an anointment for the specific reason for making you to rejoice. That is the ‘Anointment with the oil of gladness.” This is the ‘anointment of rejoicing’ received from the Holy Spirit. Isaiah says, “The Lord has anointed me……. to give them …… the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:1, 3).

Are you with sorrows, worries and sadness? Get filled with the oil of gladness. Praise God rejoicing in Him. When Mary, the mother of Jesus was filled with Spirit, her heart rejoiced. It is because of this, reached Ecstasy while praising God saying “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46, 47).

Your inner man should always rejoice in Spirit. When your soul is knit to the soul of God, you will experience the heavenly joy. Your heart will yearn with divine joy. You will feel the sweet presence of God which is beyond the worldly problems and struggles and will be filled with divine love.

The speaking in tongue is noted in Catholic translations of the Scripture as ‘speech of ecstasy.’ Some people will speak in tongue and in the Spirit, they will laugh and rejoice. They will dance and praise God. When you combine with God who heartily loves you, it makes you rejoice and nothing could be compared to this experience. “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” (I Corinthians 14:2). This is the secret behind rejoicing in Spirit.

Praise God for all the good things He has done for you from your childhood. Your soul also will experience rejoice. “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:12, 13).

One day, Hannah remembered all the good things God had done for her. She began to praise God for giving blessed Samuel as the son to her thereby changing her situation of being a barren woman. She praised God saying, “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord” (I Samuel 2:1). Dear children of God, you may also praise God and rejoice for all the good things He has done for you.

To meditate: “When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” (Psalm 14:7).