New International Version
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
These are very familiar verses, and the basis of numerous hymns and songs. So much is packed into these four short verses it is hard to know what to focus on, but the four words ‘The Lord is near.’ are what hit me as I read them. The Lord is near, he is near through the Holy Spirit living within us; he is near through his word – the bible; he is near – and because he is near we do not need to worry or be afraid, but we can rejoice, and place all our concerns before God in prayer. In doing so we will know the peace of God deep within us, keeping our hearts and minds safe and completing the circle – keeping us close to Jesus, so the Lord is near.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord and thank God that he is near to us. Let us bring our supplications with thanksgiving and rejoice in the peace we know deep within.