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11 Days - Luke 1:46-47

Written by Harper Leigh.

Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior"

If there is one word that could be used to describe the Advent season it would be: rejoice! Yet, what does rejoice mean and what does it look like for us today?


The Cambridge dictionary says that rejoice means "to feel or show great happiness about something. When we break it down and look into the Greek and Hebrew uses of Rejoice in the bible we come away with a clearer picture of rejoicing. Rejoicing in Greek and Hebrew has several variations of a similar definition which means "to delight in God's grace". To put it another way, rejoicing is the outward expression of the joy we have in Christ! Throughout the bible, rejoicing is used in different ways and gives us a good example of how we can rejoice this season.

Psalm 32:11: "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart."

This Psalm shows us how rejoicing leads to an outward expression and claim to know and love the Lord! Whether it is singing, sharing, telling friends in family, or sounding an old school trumpet (whatever floats your rejoicing boat)...we can rejoice and show our love of Christ by having a heart posture that shines out of us of gladness. Especially this year, having a joyful heart lifts not only you but everyone around you.


Romans 12:15: "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."

I love what Paul writes here. He is calling us into community. When we rejoice this season, let us do it with others. Sing with others, break bread with one another, and discuss the love of the Lord together.


Acts 16:34: "And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household"

I love this verse in Acts because it is equating food and fellowship with rejoicing! So this season when you are arguing with your family in the kitchen cooking pies (is that just a me thing?)..remind them that this season is about rejoicing together and you actually don't care how many chocolate chips are in the cookies..


Psalm 66:1: "For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm. Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;"

Simply put...GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN! We don't always look at how the psalms begin; yet, it can tell us so much about the heart posture and intent of the psalm. Here they are singing a song of praise to the Lord. Let us sing and praise this season! (peep the playlist I made at the bottom)


Philippians 4:4: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"

Anytime something is repeated in the bible, we need to pay extra attention to it. Here we are called to Rejoice in the Lord and constantly behold the Good News!


I'll repeat it too: let us rejoice this season in the good news. Take time to just pause and give praise to Jesus Christ.


Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior"

Questions:

1. How do you rejoice in the Lord? What do your outward expressions of joy look like?

2. What is one way you can rejoice with others this season (Zoom calls, volunteering, cooking your favorite dish)?

3. Where is a place or area that you can spread joy and express your love of Christ in a way that lifts up the spirits of those around you? (social media, church...get creative!)

I made a collaborative Spotify playlist so that we may all rejoice in the Lord together! Give it a listen by clicking here and feel free to add your favorite songs that remind you to rejoice in the Lord. Take some time today to just rest and rejoice in the Lord!


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