Are you familiar with Alexander? He was the boy who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Sometimes I have days like that. Or several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days (or even weeks or months) strung together. It’s easy to turn away from God in the midst of those days.

Matt Redman has a song called 10,000 Reasons about the Christian’s response on those days. It’s based on Psalm 103. The final verse says:

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

The apostle Paul had every reason to be depressed or despondent about his circumstances. In prison awaiting potential execution, chained 24 hours a day to a roman soldier, he wrote the book of Philippians. Its dominant theme? Joy.

His response is best captured in Philippians 4:4:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Despite the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad circumstances of his life (according to earthly standards anyway…), Paul chooses joy as his response. It’s a joy rooted not in the happenings around him, but in Jesus Christ. Facing one of the toughest times in life, I think he would have sung with Matt Redman, “Still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore.” What about you?