Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Reading this verse this morning in my quiet time, one word in particular stood out to me and it’s probably not the word you’d expect. The little two-letter word nestled away between the other words that seem the most obvious – “in”.
In this case, “in” is being used as an adverb, meaning there is action.
“In” is describing how we shout for joy when we really just feel like screaming.
dictionary.com defines “in” used in the sense of an adverb as: in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.
Relation. In relation. In relation to the Lord, shout for joy.
When our reactions are based in relation to Who God is instead of what is going on around us, we are more inclined to rejoice, even when we don’t feel like it.
That’s why the verse goes on to say, “Praise befits the upright”. In other words, if you are walking with Jesus, it is fitting that you react in praise simply because of your knowledge and awareness of His character. You’re empowered to shout for joy regardless of your circumstances because you are doing it “in the Lord”, not in yourself.
We see this concept again in verse 21,
“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.”
Our heart is glad “in him” because we know His heart.
When we are in Christ, we find joy and gladness because we experience supernatural peace.
Rejoice in the overwhelming reality of Who God is knowing that this very reality changes everything – including us.