This is the Day

“This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

I sing this song from Psalm 118:24 in my head (or with the littles out loud) most every day. Some days it rings out with a smile, and I feel it with every part of me. Other days I have to sing it, let it seep into my weary soul, and change my perspective. But I sing it, and, in so doing, remind myself (and the littles) of what is true and unchanging.

There are months/times of the year with which I wrestle for various reasons. The first two months of every year is the time when the sun shines less, the temperatures are cold, some memories are hard and some are good, and it is just harder to jump out of bed in the dark. 

I love both the light and the warmth of the sun.

I love the sweeter memories of this time of year and have to ask the Lord to redeem the emotions surrounding the harder ones.

I love the warm days after the cold ones.

I love a good thunderstorm and the sound of rain coming down yet the days upon days of cold rain bring a dreariness that tends to weigh heavy.

But what I know, regardless of what I feel (in the temps and in my soul) is that: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness O Lord.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

It is these truths that remind my heart and mind, that renew my strength.

It is these truths that reset my gaze on my Savior!

There is no day – winter or summer, sun or no sun, cold or warm – that the Lord has not made. 

There is no day that the Lord’s steadfast love will cease, that His mercies will come to an end.

There is no day over which the Lord of the universe is not sovereign; indeed He sees and knows what each of our days will hold and has known long before we were even a thought in our parents’ minds.

Every morning of my life, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the emotions that stir my soul, God is faithful.  God is steadfast.  God is mighty. 

And, because of His Son, Jesus, and the redemption I have through Him, not because of anything good in me, I can rest.  I can rejoice.  I can be glad in this day and every day to come!

This is the day the Lord has made – today it is cold and rainy; tomorrow the sun may shine.

But, whatever tomorrow holds, God’s mercies are new every morning; His faithfulness never changes. He never changes.

This is the truth on which I stand even when I feel weak.

I will rejoice and be glad in that!