Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Several sections of this Psalm have been set to music in the past 50 years, to the point that I can’t read it without singing, at least in my heart. On top of that, Jesus quoted verses 22-23 as referring directly to Himself. (Matthew 21:42) There is much to like about this Psalm! What causes me to write about this verse is that Cathy has already chosen the chorus made from it to sing as the first song in today’s worship service. We haven’t discussed it, but I feel sure she did so because today happens to be my birthday. The thing is, every day is created by the Lord, because He created the material universe and in the process, time itself. That said, there are indeed special days in our experience. In context here, this is talking about the verses Jesus quoted about Himself, saying that Christ being exalted is something to get really happy about. (Incidentally, the Japanese translation, rather than saying “made,” says “gained,” as in making money or gaining advantage of some sort.) God’s purposes are being fulfilled every day of our lives, but we will rejoice only to the degree we are aware of that. Sometimes we can see it with our eyes, which makes it very easy to rejoice, but sometimes we can’t see it in the moment, and then real faith is required to rejoice. When we are totally convinced that Christ is the capstone, the cornerstone of our life, that He is indeed in control and His plans will be fulfilled, then we can rejoice and be thankful whatever is going on in our immediate circumstances.
I am certainly in the middle of training in this. Yesterday marked a week since I got out of the hospital, but when I checked it last night, my navel had pus, and the hole through which the laparoscope was inserted does not seem to be closed. Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan, so I am faced with the question of whether to go to the emergency room or simply to be careful, treating the area myself until my appointment on Thursday. The thing is, whatever the case, I can and should choose to trust God and rejoice, knowing that He’s got it all in control. After all, He made sure I had a good supply of exactly the right size adhesive bandages to cover the area, and we hardly ever have call for ones that big! (They are left over from a visit by our grandsons.) I have high hopes for what God has planned for today, and I need to trust Him enough to receive and rejoice in all of it.
Father, thank You for all the training You provide. Thank You for the message You’ve given me for this morning about faith in the middle of trials. You often give me practicums on the messages You speak through me! May I receive each moment of today with gratitude and praise. Today marks 71 years since I took my first breath. For however many more years You have planned for me here, may I be fully submitted and obedient to You, doing Your will on Your schedule for Your glory, with great joy. Thank You. Hallelujah!