Psalm 33:1 says, “Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.”
Isaiah 61:10 says, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”
Psalm 63:7 says, “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” Does that remind you of Psalm 91:1? It says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” We can commune with the Lord no matter what our circumstance is.
Habakkuk demonstrated that rejoicing is not dependent on favorable circumstances. Quite the contrary to secular belief. He described how his body was reacting to his circumstances in Habakkuk 3:16. It says, “…my body trembled; my lips quivered at the voice; rottenness entered my bones; and I trembled in myself…”
Verse 17-18 was his declaration in the midst of what was taking place. It says, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail…Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
No matter what our circumstances are, joy and gladness are intentional proactive choices. They were rooted in our heart through His gift of salvation. They enable us to serve the Lord with diligence and purpose.