Rejoice In The LordPHILIPPIANS 4:4 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
No matter how bad things are around you, you can always rejoice in the Lord.
God is good -- even when circumstances are bad.
You can look beyond the temporary problems of life and focus on the Eternal God and His goodness. You can rejoice that God loves you and that you have a home in Heaven.
If you only rejoice when you feel like it -- and circumstances warrant it -- you may never rejoice much. But you will miss a lot of joy. For when you rejoice in the Lord and focus on Him, joy begins to flow out of your inner being and strengthens you.
This is God's answer for depression. Focus on God. Rejoice in Him, and receive the spiritual strength you need to carry on in victory.
HABAKKUK 3:18 NIV
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
"Yet I WILL." Whenever you decide to, you can rejoice. In spite of feelings and circumstances, you can choose to rejoice.
Rejoicing is subject to your will -- not your circumstances.
When can you rejoice? When should you rejoice?
1 THESSALONIANS 5:16 NASB
16 Rejoice always;