4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
The Grammy Award-winning Song for 1989 was, “Don’t Worry!” Remember that one? The first verse of the song went like this:
Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
It was a catchy little tune with quite a bit of truth laced throughout. However, it was missing one key ingredient, PRAYER. Much like the song, Paul urges believers to let go and relax. He is simply restating one of the commands of Christ in Matthew 6:25-34, “don’t worry about anything.”
That’s a strong command. It’s a difficult command too because there are a lot of things to worry about in life. The bills, our health, the kids, the job, the school, the country, the world, the “you fill in the blank”.
There are so many things that can distract us from the life of Christ. If we are not careful though, we will feed on the wrong things and find ourselves with terrible indigestion.
You see, Jesus knows when we feed ourselves with worry it only brings harm into our lives.
In our passage for today, we are encouraged to gorge ourselves on JOY. Read the passage again, verse 4 states, ALWAYS be full of JOY in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! Then a little bit further into the text we read: Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, and right and pure and lovely and admirable.
When we EAT and fill ourselves with Joy and all of these other beautiful things our spiritual body is strengthened.
So let me leave you with this thought: Don’t get indigestion from EATING the wrong things, FILL yourself with JOY by EATing the right things. Remember, at 6:48 we are all EATing together!
Don’t worry, PRAY
Oh and here is a link to that happy song! Don’t worry…