I appreciated this quote from Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy 16....
If those who were under the law must rejoice before God, much more we that are under the grace of the gospel; which makes it our duty to rejoice evermore, to rejoice in the Lord always. When we rejoice in God ourselves, we should do what we can to assist others also to rejoice in him, by comforting the mourners, and supplying those who are in want. All who make God their joy, may rejoice in hope, for He is faithful that has promised.
Acts 4: 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness
May we have boldness to speak the truth - especially because the Word of God is so counter cultural. But when we speak, we must take care to speak in love, our words seasoned with grace. But we must speak!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Deuteronomy 19-21; Acts 5:1-21