The other day, I open my Bible and it landed on Psalm 118. I saw verse 24, and instantly had the song in my head. “This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.” I almost wrote it off because, in my mind, this was a song for days when the sun is shining, birds are chirping, children are singing, love is in the air, blah, blah, blah. Not for days when I’m stuck in my house, bored and irritated.
Upon closer look, I noticed that right before the “this is the day” part, it says “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.” This is a phrase used in the New Testament to talk about Jesus’s death and resurrection. At the time, the day Jesus died probably didn’t feel like a day to “rejoice and be glad in”. It probably felt like a day that sucked. But our mighty God took the worst day and made it into the best day – the day that salvation and life was bought for all people.
Maybe the day the Lord has made is worth rejoicing in, not because it currently feels comfortable and fun, but because we know what God can do with terrible, frustrating days.
This helps me remember to bring my dark moments to Jesus and let him make them beautiful. If he can bring life when all we know is death, he can bring trust when all we feel is anxiety. Hope in the midst of despair. Patient love in the midst of irritation. He can make these days beautiful, even when we’re “sheltering in place”.
“I will give thanks, for you answered me; You have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. The Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:21-24
Where have you seen God come through for you in the past? How can it give you hope today?
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