“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
Most of us have certain days when the events of that day seem more pleasant than others. There are mornings when I first look out and the sun is sparkling through the trees and the air is filled with the singing of the birds. Then there are days like this morning when it is overcast and a misty rain. The weather changes each day and so does many of our circumstances. But each day can be a ‘good-day’ if we determine to make it a ‘God-day.’
Scripture tells us that as Jesus ended His final Passover celebration with His disciples, ‘they sang a hymn and went out.’ (Mt 26:30) Many Bible scholars believe that Psalm 118 was a part of that hymn. The verses preceding today’s scripture say, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” (vs. 22-23) ‘The stone’ is the Lord Jesus and the builders who rejected it were the religious leaders of Israel. Although their rejection of the stone included Christ’s entire earthly ministry, the primary reference to their rejection is the cross of Calvary. Though Jesus came to build a spiritual house for His Father, those who should have been the builders rejected the chief corner stone.
But the hymn goes on to say, ‘the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.’ The LORD has done what? He has made the rejection of the builders a part of His plan. Difficulty didn’t derail the plan of God; it fulfilled it! Although Jesus rightfully despised the shame of the cross, He realized and accepted that it was a part of His Father’s perfect plan and therefore Jesus could sing just hours before His painful death, ‘this is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!’
While in high-school my wife had a teacher who used to tell her students, “Each day you can get up and say, ‘Good Lord, another day!’ or ‘Another good day Lord!’ ” Though few of us can control the events of a day, we can control our reaction to it.