“October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.” — John Sinor
What type of book would you curl up with? A mystery, a romance novel, a western maybe, or what about a biography of a selfless missionary bringing the gospel to a tribal people group? I like a variety of books, but my favorite to curl up with is the Bible. I profit each time I dive into the pages of God’s Word. I especially find the Psalms rich in giving timely and accurate messages to help at the point of need. Psalm 118 is opulently “classified as a messianic thanksgiving psalm—one in which the author records his thanks to God for his mighty deeds. . . . written with a prophetic anticipation that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Specifically, it looks ahead to the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his rejection by the nation, his crucifixion on the cross, and his establishment of the church through his death” (Holman O.T. Commentary).
And the amazing verse, “This is the day which the Lord has made: Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (118:24), as Holman’s Commentary explains, “looked ahead prophetically to the death of Christ on the cross, a day which was the eternal plan of God from before time began (Acts 2:23; 1 Peter 1:20).
It baffles the mind that we are to “rejoice and be glad” in the day that Jesus died on the cross. Or that God actually made that day! And yet, if he hadn’t died for the sins of the world, we wouldn’t have anything to rejoice and be glad about, right? His death is a pause for rejoicing because He gave us the greatest gift known to man: Salvation, new life, life eternal, and fellowship with the Father restored. So today, the day the Lord has made – I can rejoice and be glad in it no matter what the day holds because He is my constant companion now, because He has secured my future, because He supplies my every need, and He provided this day for me to live. Whatever takes place in this day, it is for the glory of God, and designed to draw me closer to Him. Whatever causes me to draw closer to God is for my greatest benefit. THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Can you say that?
Gracious Heavenly Father, As Matthew Henry stated, “thanksgiving is good, but thanks-living is better.” May our lives reflect thanks-living no matter our circumstances because we can always show thanks-living in the truth of Scripture and the redeeming work of Your Son! May we not settle for anything less but hearts of gratitude for opportunities to live for your glory! In Jesus Name, Amen.