This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). A verse no doubt many of you know and have heard read many times over. But have you ever stopped and meditated on those few words, specifically upon the word ‘made?’ Today is the day that the Lord has made. Certainly in the decretal, sovereign sense God has already ordained what will transpire today down the absolute, undetectable and unobservable minutia. Tommorow and all eternity for that matter are settled as well.
But for you and I in the way that we perceive time, today has many hours left in it where we have little clue as to what lies ahead. We cannot see the future. We live breath to breath. We know that in an instant, all that we are experiencing and all that we have planned, can be radically altered in the direction of increasing joy, opportunity, gain, loss, confusion or pain.
With that in mind, I have a choice in how I take in today. I can observe today, the day that the Lord has made and is making before my eyes, that is, if I stop long enough to take it in.
Today is a new creation of God unfolding before mortal eyes. How much of it will you notice? How much of it will you see? How much of God’s sovereignty and goodness and majesty and bigness will you notice? Will you notice the the near miss on the roadway’s and praise God for His perfect timing sparing you and others the pain of an accident? Will you notice the bird in your back yard in the early morning snagging a worm out of the ground to take back to the nest for it’s young to eat and thank God that He magnificently feeds all His creation, the birds and you as well (Eric, I wrote this days before your post!)?
How much of the unfolding of today will you notice? It is the day that God has created and the day that He unveils for us to see Him in. Perhaps that why the word ‘made’ is rendered in the active voice in the Greek translation of the Psalms. Perhaps (tongue very much in cheek) God wants us to turn off the radio, take our breaks away from the cubicle and computer and watch and take in the day. Taking in His creativity in the unfolding of day. Being reminded in our observations of His created day just how Awesome, just how Holy, just how Sovereign, just how Steadfast and Faithful He is to His creation and to us His children.
Perhaps, taking in a day in this way just might lead us to rejoice and be glad in it. To rejoice and be glad in Him. Slow down today. Turn off the phone. Put down the day planner. Step outside and witness today, the day the Lord has made, and find a reason to rejoice in Him.