November 7, 2010

This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:00 am by kdkelly

In Psalm 118:24 the Psalmist wrote, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” I have often referred to this verse as I prepare myself for the day ahead. Actually I have a wall hanging with the verse on it right where I get ready so I cannot fail to see it each day. It reminds me of the creator who made the earth, heavens, stars, sun and moon. In fact he created everything in the beginning and saw that it was very good. (Genesis 1:1-31)

It also reminds me that I have a choice. How will I respond to the things that happen during the day. Will I rejoice and be glad in them or will I let them wear me down to the point of despair? Will I be distracted by them so that I forget why I am here? “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) If I keep his commandments foremost in my mind it will affect my attitude toward God, those that I meet during the day, my relationship with my boss and fellow workers, and with my family. (Matthew 22:36-40, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 5:25, Ephesians 6:1-9, Exodus 24:15)

Paul reminds us that we should “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace that passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7). Considering all these things that the verse from Psalms calls to mind has been a most beneficial exercise for me each day and I recommend it to you.

The Verse In Context

However beneficial this verse is in terms of our preparation to live another day in God’s creation, we need to understand the context in which the statement was made and why the Psalmist would rejoice in the “day that the Lord hath made.” As we consider the context we find that Psalm 118 was a song of thanksgiving for the Lord’s salvation. Whether it was written by David or after the captivity as some believe, the message is still clear, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” (Psalm 118:1) Many of the verses in this Psalm gave comfort to those who read or sang them back in the day. They still are meaningful today. For instance, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” and “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:6, 8)   How true, even today.

Now read the verses that proclaim the salvation of the Lord:

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (Psalms 118:19-26)

Here we find the Psalmist expressing the desire to enter into the gates of righteousness for one sole purpose: to praise the Lord from whom salvation and prosperity will come.

 The Psalm in Prophecy

While the Psalm was comforting to them when it was written and filled them with a sense of God’s provision for them, it is nearly impossible to miss the prophetic nature of the verses describing the Messiah who was to come and the nature of his kingdom. The gates of righteousness were opened when Christ gave the keys to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Those who were obedient to the gospel they heard preached on that day by repenting and being baptized entered into the kingdom through the narrow gate.

From our vantage point in time we know that Christ himself is the head stone spoken of by the Psalmist. (Ephesians 2:14-22) That Jesus became the chief corner stone was indeed “the LORD’S doing” and it was marvelous. (John 3:16).

Now we understand more what day the Psalmist spoke of—the day of salvation. We can rejoice because God planned it, Jesus executed it, and the Holy Spirit revealed it to us. We can rejoice because we have the promised seed, Jesus Christ, and the hope of eternal life through him. We can sing as the Psalmist did, “Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”——Amen.

 

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