Rejoice and Be Glad in Your Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Acts 2:22–27:
-22:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23:  Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25:  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David always kept Jesus Christ “before my face,” meaning he always looked to Jesus and his day of deliverance. The result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his hope (as well as ours), for eternal life. Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life, which daily allowed his heart to rejoice, and as he spoke of Jesus his tongue was glad, which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7–8:
-7:  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him.
-8:  The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:22 above), Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God: the magnificence of God Himself. Knowing Christ causes our heart to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, and that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home makes the tongue glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Knowing Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about “the ways of life” such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts.