Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. (Psalm 149:2)
To be joyful in spirit, happy in heart, and delighted in disposition is a good thing, as long as our rejoicing is rightly rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is every reason for elation when it is rooted in our Maker. The psalmist knew this truth. Do we?
Here are two things to remember about your God to stimulate right rejoicing.
Immutable simply means incapable of change. God changes not. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. How we should rejoice in this unchanging truth when we consider just how much we change moment by moment! Because God never changes, you can take Him at His Word. What was true yesterday is true today, and it will be true for all eternity. For “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29). Immutability is a right reason for rejoicing.
Think about it for a moment: there was never a time when God was not. God is eternal. He is from everlasting to everlasting, and, oh, how that should comfort us, we who wither as the grass—who are here today and gone tomorrow. Let us rejoice in knowing that the Eternal One has placed eternity in our hearts and called us into a relationship with Him that will never diminish or die. For “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
Where does this message find you today? What has your rejoicing been rooted in? If it has been located in anything smaller than God, it is far too small to sustain you. Rejoicing in the temporal is a fleeting joy that cannot satisfy. But when our rejoicing is rooted in our Redeemer, it creates a deep well within, springing up to overflowing.
The immutability and eternality of our God are to be perpetual themes of our rejoicing. But there is still more reason for right rejoicing. Beloved, look upon Calvary’s hill, and rejoice not only in your Maker, but in He who is your Re-Maker, who is, even now, making all things new—including you! May we, the Israel of God—all those who, by grace through faith, have trusted in Christ alone for their salvation—rejoice in their immutable, eternal, redeeming Lord!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!