Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4
It is a good thing to rejoice in the Lord. Perhaps you found the first dose ineffectual. Keep on with your medicine, and when you cannot feel any joy, when there is no wellspring and no seeming comfort and encouragement, still rejoice, and count it all joy.
Even when you fall into temptations, reckon the circumstance joy and delight, and God will make your reckoning good. Do you suppose your Father will let you carry the banner of His victory and His gladness on to the front of the battle, and then cooly stand back and see you captured or beaten back by the enemy?
The Holy Spirit will sustain you in your bold advance and fill your heart with gladness and praise. You will experience an exhilaration and refreshing because of the fullness of His Spirit within. Lord, teach me to rejoice in Thee, and to rejoice evermore.
The joy of the Lord is the strength of His people, The sunshine that scatters their sadness and gloom; The fountain that bursts in the desert of sorrow, And sheds o’er the wilderness, gladness, and bloom.
(A.B. Simpson: And again I say, Rejoice, sermon index) [Pictures Mine]
Lord, teach me to rejoice in Thee,
and to rejoice evermore.