I am trying to visualize the image described in this verse. Heaven applauding for me? I can get the first part of the verse because life is filled with tormentors and people that don't say nice things. I am still a work in progress when it comes to "giving a cheer" when insults come. What I see is that how I respond to adversity matters.
As I read the earlier verses I can see that there are many reasons to consider my life blessed. I can tell that my actions can bring about some amazing things because I matter to God. You matter too! Imagine all of heaven, applauding your life and what it stands for. That's amazing! What a sight that must be! Applauding every time someone is chastised for their faith AND having a little party when a person makes Jesus their Lord! Today, don't let unkind words and harsh actions keep you down. Close your eyes and see all of heaven and the angels celebrating YOU! Wow!