this is the day

Do you hear it? You know what I’m talking about, don’t pretend like you don’t. You won’t be able to get the tune out of your head for the rest of the day. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, these are words to a song we used to sing in the church twenty years ago. In fact, the church where I was on staff as the student ministries pastor sang it every Sunday morning to begin the worship service. In reality though, the song is older than that. One of the song writers of the Old Testament wrote it thousands of years ago. (Now THERE is an old song!) We find it in Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Although a very simple concept, the implications of the theology contained in this Psalm are quite profound.

First, God, who is good, and subsequently delights in giving his children every good gift (James 1:17, 2 Peter 1:3), is the sole architect of your day. That means that everything you encounter today has been evaluated according to the providential and loving will of God and determined to be good for you (Romans 8:28) and, most importantly, for the advancement of God’s glory!

Which leads to the second implication. As a result of, what should be, our complete trust in God (some days I have to work on this harder than others), we can live our lives with fearless confidence (Isaiah 41:10), overwhelming joy (1 Peter 1:8) and incomprehensible peace (Philippians 4:7). As Isaiah emphatically declares it: “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD!” (Isaiah 54:17)

So enjoy your day because it is a gift from God!


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