What are some of the most important days of the year for you? For many, Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, special holidays are among the most important. These are all great days to celebrate and memorialize. At times though, GREAT days can become SAD or discouraging days.
In December, I buried my lovely bride of 27 years, making Christmas and her birthday, January 13th, not the great days they had been in the past but rather SAD ones. Because great days can become sad days, I am grateful for Psalm 118:24, which has helped to remind me that though great and memorable days can become sad ones, I can learn to BE Glad IN every single day.
Below are 7 simple reminders about Psalm 118:24 that I pray help you find a way to BE GLAD during life’s most difficult seasons.
“THIS is the day the LORD has made; We will REJOICE and be glad in IT!” – Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
- This text is a SIMPLE statement that is easy to recall, even amid great turmoil or difficulty.
- This text is a CONSTANT reminder because everyday is just “this.” Therefore, it doesn’t matter how the day started or how it will end. You can choose to rejoice and be glad in IT.
- This is a FAITH builder. Why? Because there is a CREATOR who made “this” day. If He can create a day, there is nothing that can enter into our lives that He lacks the power to change.
- This is a PERSONAL declaration — “I will rejoice.” Regardless of what you choose to do, it should impact your thoughts, desires, or choices to rejoice!
- This is a strong RESOLUTION —”I WILL rejoice and BE glad in IT!” Let’s not just rejoice today, but choose to BE rejoicing. It should become a natural extension we are— Selah (pause and read again).
- This is a BEAUTIFUL heart MODERATOR & relaxer —”BE glad.” Being glad is healthy. Scripture says a glad heart “Doeth good like a medicine.” – Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV).
- This declaration IS A CHOICE. The commitment to rejoice and be glad doesn’t have to, and should not be, DELAYED.
For me, knowing and choosing to obey this text allows me to choose today to rejoice and be glad… And… guess what? So can you. If like David, you expected to die yesterday and woke up to see today, I suspect you would be glad and REJOICE in, and for, today’s new, precious day.