Does “gladness” initiate every day of your life? When the lids of your eyes open, is your first thought “I decide to rejoice today”?
Psalm 118:24 instructs us to be glad daily and to feel joy daily. The reason is because it is the day The Lord made. When we look at the rest of Psalm 118, we see a magnificent and awe-inspiring description of “The Lord”, the Creator of the day.
The Lord is good. The Lord is merciful. The Lord sees distress and provides help. The Lord abides and protects. The Lord defends. The Lord is worthy of trust. The Lord is strong and powerful. The Lord is full of courage. The Lord is salvation. The Lord hears.
The descriptions provided in Psalm 118 convey a caring and compassionate Lord. It is this Lord who “made” your day.
We hear in Lamentations 3 the mercies of The Lord are new every morning. Hebrews 13:8 declares The Lord never changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, each day when you wake up, when your eyes open, you CAN rejoice and be glad.
It is not you or your actions which generate your rejoicing and glad attitude, it is only because it is “The Lord’s” day. It is because of the character of The Lord we have security which generates our freedom from anxiety. People who rejoice and are glad cannot be anxious. Focus your eyes upon “The Lord” of your day, be glad, and rejoice.
Psalm 139:16 reminds you God is not taken by surprise by anything that happens in your day because in His book were written all the days your life before one of them came to be. Trust “The Lord” of your day.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. ~ John Piper
Whether healthy and full of energy or weak and stricken with pain, we may greet today and welcome it as an opportunity to praise and worship our God. He knows our current state and our tomorrow, if we have one. Let’s gaze on Him today! ~A. W. Tozer
See what a good Master we serve, who, having instituted a day for His service, appoints it to be spent in holy joy. ~Matthew Henry