"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Many of us may have heard this verse referred to on many occasions. But often, with some of these most popular verses, they can become so familiar to us that we may miss the deeper meaning and context under which they are written.
So, what is the “day” that Psalm 118 makes reference to? Is it the general “every day” that God gives us, or is it referring to a specific day in history?
In Psalm 118, the author is writing about incredible adversity. It is not written when times are good, but when times are really hard. Situations were changing. The Psalmist cried out to God in anguish, he was surrounded on all sides by the enemy. He felt pushed back, and was about to fall. Yet right in the midst of huge struggles shared, this chapter both starts and ends with the same verse, of giving thanks and praise unto God.
This serves to be such a powerful reminder to us as we continue through the year 2020… which has been difficult to say the least. We are to remember that true joy is never dependent on our circumstances. And though we may know this in our head, it might be hard to live out every day. Learning to choose joy in hard times takes effort and action on our part; it requires our hearts to be set on Him. God is faithful to help us, so that we can choose well. And we can be assured that in His grace, He has made every day, and for that gift itself we can “rejoice and be glad in it.” No matter what we face, we can still believe in God’s goodness and love, for that’s what carries us through the most difficult of seasons.
In Christ’s Love,