My week began with a dreary, drizzling sky. I went about the house turning on nearly every lamp, hoping to add some cheeriness to an otherwise “not-so-cheerful” day. Covid seems to be rapping on our front door with more and more cases being reported by dear ones we love each day. More darkness added. Plans have been changed. People are isolated, due to the outbreak, and our hearts are lonely for them. There didn’t seem to be much reason to rejoice.
Then the next morning I opened my Bible to read. My reading through the psalms took me to chapter 118. This is a hymn Jesus sang the night before His resurrection.When I got to verse 24 I read ~
This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
One commentator said, It is true in a general sense that the LORD makes every day, and there is reason to rejoice and be glad in every day. Yet specifically, the day the LORD made to rejoice and be glad in was the day Jesus entered Jerusalem with hosannas welcoming Him as Israel’s Savior. If on that day human voices failed to rejoice and be glad, Jesus said that the very stones would cry out their praises and hosannas.
To be our Savior would mean His death. This day – the day of His suffering would bring our rejoicing! Then we think of the Day of His resurrection – oh the joy! Because of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice, any “hard” day I face is only temporary. Because of His death and resurrection, I have the assurance that One Day all this will be over. No more sin, sickness, sadness, loneliness, suffering or death!
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Jesus rejoiced in THIS day…now so can I!
After reading that, I understood that I have so much to rejoice in and that if I don’t praise Him the stones will need to cry out in my place! I will rejoice in THIS day, and with so many good reasons! I think I can turn off some of the lamps; things aren’t nearly so dreary now!
How does this passage change your perspective on THIS DAY?