RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON THREE SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019
TOPIC: REJOICE ALWAYS
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice”. — Philippians 4:4
BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 89:11-18
The heavens [are] Yours, the earth also [is] Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.
You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, [and] high is Your right hand.
Righteousness and justice [are] the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
Blessed [are] the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
For You [are] the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield [belongs] to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel
There are many portions of the Bible where believers are admonished to praise the Lord in singing (Psalm 95:1) and dancing (Psalm 149:3), with clapping (Psalm 47:1), with the use of musical instruments (Psalm 150:1-6; Ephesians 5:19) and in the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 14:15).
In addition, believers must also learn to rejoice always (1Thessalonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4).
1. All day long and evermore
2. In all circumstances till eternity
ALL DAY LONG AND EVERMORE
The merciful God is so mindful of man that He visits him every morning (Job 7:18-19; Ps. 8:4).
It is only wise, therefore, that such special love and concern should be immediately reciprocated with rejoicing (adoration, worship and singing).
In the morning (Ps. 59:16), In the day time. (Ps. 42:8), In the evening (Ps. 134:1) All day long. (Ps. 89:16), Believers must rejoice as long as there is life (Ps. 34:1; 104:33)
IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES TILL ETERNITY
God has not called the believer into a life of shame, trouble and confusion (Jeremiah 29:11; 3John 2).
However, it is not impossible for believers to face challenges once in a while. Therefore, in all situations or circumstances, God commands ‘the work of His hands’ to praise Him (1Thess. 5:18).
Whether in fire or deep waters, God promises to be with the believer (Isaiah 43:1-3). He will be there in famine, persecution, imprisonment, poverty, loss and fiery trials.
His command is that His name is to be praised always (2Corinthians 6:10; 1Peter 4:12-13; John 16:33).
Whatever rejoicing or praise/worship rendered to God in this world is a child’s play compared to what operates in Heaven, where there is no measuring of time.
The heavenly language is the language of worship only- HALLELUJAH. This is what the angels say in Heaven as they worship the Ancient of Days, the Holy One in His Majesty and glory (Luke 2:13-14; Revelations 5:11-12; Revelations 7:11-12).
When Christians make it to Heaven and the lost glory is restored, the saints without doubt shall have new songs, if only to praise the Rock of their salvation (Revelations 19:1-7).
Your present situation is not without the knowledge of the All-knowing God. God is surely greater than the situation.
The Holy Spirit is reminding you today to rejoice always, because this may be the only weapon against your predicament.
1. What time of the day should believer rejoice and praise God?
2. Are there circumstances that forbid a believer from rejoicing in the Lord?