We used to sing that chorus every Sunday of the world! I remember looking out at the congregation as we sang – and people were smiling! It’s very difficult to sing that chorus and not feel joy! Have you thanked God for this day? Will you rejoice and be glad in it?
So, when a Sunday School teacher is late getting to church because her curling iron accidentally melted her hair clip and she had to find a replacement at the Dollar Tree on the way to church, and she feels all bummed and stressed out and knows she won’t have time to set her classroom up the way she planned to, does that mean she is not rejoicing and being glad? Well… yes. Yes, it does. And yes, that really happened. You can’t make that up!
How about those times when you’re sitting in church service trying to concentrate on the sermon, but you keep thinking about all the paperwork that is waiting for you at work on Monday morning? Oh, don’t tell me that’s never happened to you.
This verse does not tell us to dwell on anything that happened last week. It doesn’t tell us to think about things that haven’t even happened yet – but will next week. This verse is saying THIS is the day the LORD has made. Today. Now. Present. Live in this moment and rejoice in it. Yesterday is over and tomorrow isn’t promised. Leave all the rest of the days where they belong and rejoice. Praise God because He inhabits our praise. He delights in our praise.
We rejoice because of the blessings of grace, peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation. None of these things have anything to do with us, and everything to do with God. He gives us His grace. He is our peace. He offers us pardon. He is the root of righteousness. He alone is the path to salvation.
This is the day the LORD has made. Here. Now. Rejoice and be glad in it. Look in the mirror and know that you’re seeing salvation from the hand of God. You have to feel joy when you realize that truth! 🙂