Come, all ye heavy laden and exult in the Lord, the Redeemer;
Cast your burden upon Him who is mighty to save, and rejoice in His salvation;
Celebrate in the midst of your trials, for our God is a Refuge in storm!
All who are weary, sing praise – for in our weakness, Yahweh is strong;
And those who are brought low, rejoice – when we are made humble, God is glorified;
Ask the Lord for strength and be glad, for He is the Rock in whom we trust!
Rejoice, you who mourn, for Christ is your comfort;
Revel, you who are poor, for in Him you are rich;
Rest in the Lord, and glory, you who are tired, for He is your strength!
Exult, you who hunger and thirst for His righteousness;
Extol His name with joy, you who are persecuted for the sake of His name;
Enter into the joy of the Lord in the midst of trial; for He is worthy of all adoration.
Never cease to sing His praise;
Always delight in the love of the Lord.
King of kings is our God – rejoice!
In Him is rest, and peace, and joy – sing praise!
Nestle in the grace of the Lord with delight, for His love endures forever.
No one is able to pluck you from His hand – therefore, you weary ones, rejoice in your God.
Now and evermore, exult in your precious Redeemer!
In reading my Bible lately, I’ve noticed many passages that talk about having joy and exultation in the midst of trials (Habakkuk 3:17-19, for example). Those passages are very convicting, because honestly — when I’m miserable, I don’t feel very joyful at all. But they are encouraging words as well. I can have joy, even when my world seems to crumble around me. I can not only rejoice, I can exult in my precious Redeemer, by His grace.