“This is the day that the Lord has made…” and so opens the 24th verse of Psalm 118. A simple statement of fact, filled with an acknowledgement of the Lord’s power and presence at work in the very details of the Psalmist’s life. The verse continues with these powerful words, “I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
These words captivate me. There is such strength of will in their expression. I will rejoice. I will be glad. The act of rejoicing is not contingent on the day being declared good. The rejoicing and gladness of heart are simply because it is the Lord who has given this day to me.
The implications of a verse like this are astounding. What if it’s a bad day? Am I still meant to rejoice and be glad? Frankly, I think I’d rather just call it a bad day and hope for a better day tomorrow!
But what if we are meant to live like the Psalmist declared? What if we are meant to rejoice and be glad in each day, even if the day isn’t sweet?
Even if the week hasn’t been particularly sweet.
Or the season we are living in hasn’t seemed sweet for a very long time.
Then what? How do we rejoice and be glad in all kinds of circumstances?
How do we live each day with the sure knowledge that “this is the day that the Lord has made,” and how do we then “rejoice and be glad in it,” especially when our life’s circumstances don’t particularly make us feel like rejoicing?
I write to process the difficult seasons of life and to filter them through the lens of God’s goodness and His unfathomable love for me.
I write to discover joy in the journey of life, especially at times when God seems distant and His plans incomprehensible.
I write, anchoring my reflections on scripture, because especially when my world seems to have gone upside-down, scripture truly is my only anchor.
I write so I can understand.
I live in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, on the edge of bucolic Chester County with my mostly-raised family of five and my adorable border collie. I am passionate about helping others experience the God of love, finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, filling my senses with beauty, and exploring all things France.
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