This is the Day. More specifically, “This is the Day that the Lord has made.” I woke up this morning with that song in my head. “This is the Day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” The words of Psalm 118:24. It filled my head in the shower and, once out, I hummed along with blow dryer accompaniment. Later, I moved a load of towels into the dryer and they rolled and thumped along like a band.
Then I walked into the dining room.
This is the day that the Lord has made??
I will rejoice and be glad in it??
Do you see this dining room table????
On one surface are items to be returned to a store, items that need a home, paint color swatches, paint color samples, a mirror, a book, a bowl, photographs–suffice it to say–A LOT. And that’s only the dining room table! Just multiply that by at least three surfaces in every room. PLEASE tell me you periodically have surfaces like this!
But this is the day that the Lord has made. I will remember that.
(To be honest, the paint color samples have substantially narrowed down.)
THIS IS the day that the Lord has made.
(I will praise Him and pray first; the world won’t end if the dining room table isn’t clear by sundown–and if it does, it won’t matter!)
This is the day that the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice.
(I will rejoice even amid mess and teetering objects, spilled juice, and transitory clutter. David wrote this psalm after being under intensely stressful circumstances, praying to God, and then receiving help from Him. “They surrounded me like bees,” he writes. “They went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me” ~ verses 12 and 13.)
Ever felt surrounded by bees? (Or a swarm of disorganized chaos?) Ever felt pushed hard? (Or pulled in eight different directions?) Ever felt like you were falling? (Or overwhelmed and uncertain?) But when we pray, the Lord does help us, doesn’t He?
This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and BE GLAD in it!
(“I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” ~ verses 21-23.
Let’s zoom into the New Testament and read more about this image of a rejected cornerstone. Acts 4:10-12 holds the key: “Let it be known to all of you…Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Whatever our situation, whatever our circumstances, whatever our surroundings: “THIS IS the day that the Lord has made. LET US REJOICE and BE GLAD in it” ~ verse 24.
Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of our salvation.
Now, let’s cut off those swarms of bees in the name of the Lord!
Let’s push hard, relying on the Lord’s help!
Let’s rejoice and be glad in our salvation!