It has to do with our attitude which depends on our mental focus which depends on our choice.The choice to rejoice often must go deliberately against how we feel.
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So the psalmist often experiences a flood of God’s joy even in the midst of tremendous pain.
Thus to rejoice in the Lord always does not mean that we deny our feelings or that we stoically endure our trials by ignoring how much we hurt.
On the surface, Paul’s words, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Are these the words of a bubbly, incurable optimist, or what?