Psalm 118:24

Some days, like today,  i wake up early before my day starts in the morning, open my curtains and worship by the window. Gray sky, carpet soft on the feet, breeze cool on the skin. I found myself savoring the morning as i am writing. ” This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” ( Psalm 118:24). The first word in the verse leaves me scratching my head. ” This is the day the Lord has made”? Perhaps holidays are the days the Lord has made, wedding days are the days the Lord has made. Vacation days are the days the Lord has made. Paycheck days are the days the Lord has made, FRIDAYS are the days the Lord has made. But this is the day?..
Letting the word sink in. God made this day, ordained this hard hour, designed the details of this wrenching moment. He isn’t on holiday, or lunch break. He still holds the conductor’s baton, sits in the cockpit, and occupies the universe’s throne. Each day emerges from God’s drawing room. Including this one.  So i decided to give this day a chance, change my view, and imitate the psalmist ” I will rejoice and be glad IN it”. A word that we like to edit for after. We’ll be glad after the day is over. But rejoice in it? God invites us to. As Paul rejoiced in prison, David wrote psalms in the wilderness, Jonah prayed in the fish belly, Paul and Silas sang in Jail, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained resolute in the fiery furnace, John saw heaven in his extile, and Jesus prayed in his garden of pain…

No matter how terrible your days may feel, you need to keep in mind that you no longer have yesterday. It lipped away as you slept. It is gone. No you cannot accelarate the orbit of the earth and live tomorrow today. You do not yet have tomorrow.You can’t spend tomorrow’s money celebrate tomorrow’s achievements, or resolve tomorrow’s riddles. You only have today, darling. THIS is the day that the Lord has made. And yes, i understand there are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming. I can relate as i often feel this way. But no matter how low David felt, he was always honest with God. And as he talked to God, his prayers ended in praise. When you don’t feel like rejoicing, tell God how you truly feel. You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and to serve Him. Eighty-four thousand heartbeats, one thousand four hundred and forty minutes. A complete rotation of the earth. A circle of the hourglass. Both a sunrise and a sunset. A brand-spanking-new, unsoiled, untouched, uncharted, and unused day. A gift of twenty-four unloved, unexplored hours. Cry/laugh, praise/worship. Live in it and be glad.

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