Many of us remember that childhood hymn. This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.
I am pretty sure some of you even sang that song in your head just now as you read it, but have you ever really stopped to think about the words in that song? They’re very powerful and full of so much more purpose than just to entertain a child.
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
To simply pass off this Psalm as a child’s lyric would be futile and folly. It is so much more. Every day that God gives us is a gift. A chance to serve him and to live our lives as Jesus did. To walk and live as Christ, preaching love and forgiveness. Helping our fellow man.
I have had too many close calls in my life. I should be dead a dozen times over or more, but God is good! He has seen fit to give me day after day to live and serve. To get a better understanding of what I am trying to say, maybe we should back up in Psalm 118 just a bit.
Psalm 118: 21-24
21 I will praise You,
For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
“…The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone…”
Do you understand how massively important that verse is?
All too often in my life, I have felt rejected. As I am sure many of you have as well. Neglected and cast aside, I meandered through life. Just going through the motions of existing not realizing that God was building upon my soul. All my faults, sins, past choices; they were all being used to build me up. To create who I will become.
This is why Psalm 118:24 is so important to me. God has given me another day. I will rejoice and be glad in it. God is making me into something more. This takes time. Like a sculptor with a masterpiece, it can’t be completed over night. It takes time, errors and successes, hard work and sweat; but in the end a masterpiece will emerge.
You just have to let God do his work. You take each day that God has given you, and you serve. This is how God creates his masterpiece. He uses our lives, our choices, to mold us into something better. If we let him.
You’re going to have bad days. We all know this. You’re going to have mediocre days, great days, sad days and silly days. It’s all part of the process of God building you up. I have heard the comment that this makes God “cruel”. I don’t believe that for one second. God isn’t cruel, and for us to judge him is not only reckless and juvenile; it’s ignorant and arrogant. Who are we to presume we know Gods will? We should place our trust in him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Place your trust in God, he will not lead you astray, he will give you more days. Be glad and rejoice, because he is making you awesome!
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