Sing it with me, saints….

“This is the day
This is the day
This is the day
That the Lord has made
That the Lord has made

I will rejoice
I will rejoice
And be glad in it
And be glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day
This is the day
That the Lord has made.”

Simple right? It’s taken directly from Psalm 118:24, which says, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” I can remember singing this song as a kid in almost every Sunday service. We sang it so much, it became rote, and almost cliche.

But today as I struggled with feelings of discouragement, I sat in my house with the sun hidden behind clouds of rain faithfully falling, and I sang it differently in my heart.

I emphasized the I WILL, because I was tempted to question wether or not this day had any goodness in it. Yes, I accept that every day is the day the Lord created. The choosing to rejoice in it, is the difficult part. The I WILL is a statement of resolve. The I WILL is a reflection of holy stubbornness. The I WILL is a commitment to remain joyful in affliction. The I WILL is a spirit’s choice to believe what one does not feel at the moment. The I WILL should be the anthem for the soul of every professed Christian.

Today I WILL chose joy. Today I WILL believe that God still sits on the throne. Today I WILL confess that God is good, even when circumstances are not. Today I WILL will myself to keep my eyes on Jesus.

Today I WILL proclaim that there is something to rejoice about: if this is truly a day that my Sovereign Father created, then this very day has purpose and redemptive value, and it exists because God wanted it to exists. Therefore, I WILL rejoice in this day. I WILL seek first Jesus and His Kingdom this day, and I WILL make this day about HIM and not me.

Any day that I’m alive, any day that I have a relationship with God because of Jesus, any day that a resurrected Jesus sits on the throne in power, love, and mercy, is a day worth rejoicing in.

This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice in it. In your darkest day, rejoice. That’s my prayer and the resolve of my soul.

Author: bethany

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