Rejoicing Now, Not Next Tuesday

Starting next Tuesday I’m going to praise the Lord like gangbusters…

For now, I need to worry.

I’m going to rejoice in the Lord, I really am, but I cannot rejoice today…

Psalm 51 pleads, “blot out my transgressions” and “restore to me the joy of Your salvation,” but surely David doesn’t mean today.  Must keep respectable delay of time betwixt the two…


A friend objected to my piety.  Not “Lord, help me to trust in You” (quoth he) but “Lord, I trust in You!  Yea, by Your grace I trust in You!”  There’s something psychologically different here…


The second prayer enlists the mind and soul and will, no more defaulting into foolish thoughts of next Tuesday…


Paul commands, “Rejoice” (Philippians 3:1).  David says, “Rejoice!” (Psalm 32:11).  But that will have to wait a week or two ’cause now I’m in a stew.  There’s something I want badly and I must be anxious till it’s mine…


No.  This nonsense stops today.  Not “I’ll rejoice someday,” but “I’m rejoicing now.” 
Not “I will trust someday,” but “I am trusting now…”


For joy must be intentional or it is no match for anxiety. 
God shows the way out of heaviness and into joy:  You best put on “the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of faint spirit” (Isaiah 61:3).  The hour is late, next Tuesday never comes, and faith in God is now or naught. 

Time to stop this stumbling into defeat and live in joy that’s worthy of the gospel.

~From Andree Seu’s article “Next Tuesday” (World Magazine April 15, 2006)

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  1. Great excerpt…that sounds like a fantastic article!

  2. Andree Seu is one of my very very favorite current writers…her essay collections are excellent.

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