Psalm 118:24 — This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (NKJV).
This particular verse has been sung for years and years. It has been written into hymns, as well as contemporary Christian music. Many artists and worship leaders have entertained and led people into the presence of God by singing this verse, but do we really understand it? I want to share with you two truths.
First of all, this is the day the Lord has made. Tomorrow is the day the Lord has made, and the day after that is the day the Lord has made. He has made every day from now until eternity. He has made both the good days and the bad days. Days of plenty and days of lack were both made by Him. He made the days we would like to soon forget, and the memorable ones. Nothing has ever caught God by surprise, and nothing ever will.
Let this truth be an encouragement to you. God always knows what is going on with you throughout the course of each day because they’re all handwritten by Him. God cares for and is always watching over you.
Secondly, we make a daily decision whether or not we are going to rejoice and be glad in the day He has made. Some days will be wonderful, and others will bring great suffering. It’s easy to rejoice when things are going well, but we must choose to praise Him when life throws us a curve.
I don’t suggest you begin saying, “Lord, thank You for this awful day. I just love how everything keeps going wrong. I could use a few more days like this.” That’s not rejoicing. Rejoicing during a trial sounds more like, “Lord, You are faithful! Even in the midst of my difficulty, I will praise You because I know You will see me through! Glory to God!” Remember, God has made every day. Make up your mind to rejoice today no matter what.
Philippians 4:4 — Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV)
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