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A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad – Psalm 118:24

A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad Psalm 118:24

Good morning, Sunshine! This is the day the Lord has made. And God can take a seemingly ordinary day and turn it into A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad!

In this Psalm 118 devotion, we’ll look at our reason to wake up and rejoice today.

So, let’s read this beautiful reminder of God’s goodness together…

 

This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

                           Psalm 118:24 NKJV

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Do you ever feel like you don’t know what day it is? Like you think it’s Tuesday but really it’s Wednesday?

Me too!

That’s because we do the same things over and over every day.

So much so, the days blend into each other.

And when we get caught in this trap, it’s easy to think today won’t be any different. We’ll have the same hum-drum day we always do.

But God has a plan for today. And He has a knack for turning each day into a reason to rejoice and be glad.

In a single moment, God can change the course of our lives or someone else’s through a chance meeting at the right time. He’s the Master of creating these “chance” encounters and they’re never just a coincidence.

Or by touching our hearts in an unexpected way, God can use our ordinary day to show us His amazing grace and mercy on display.

We can be sure, no matter what happens today, this is the day the Lord has made! And He will give us a reason to rejoice and be glad in it.

What is the meaning behind Psalms 118:24?

We’ve been talking a lot about context in church lately and looking at how it pertains to some of the most quoted Bible verses.

Our verse for today, Psalm 118:24 is one of these scriptures. It talks about the day the Lord has made and rejoicing in it.

But to get to the true meaning of Psalm 118:24, we should also read the verses just before and just after it.

There are a couple of things to examine within the context of this passage of scripture.

What is the chief cornerstone?

 The verses just before ours give meaning to our day…

 

 The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

This was the Lord’s doing;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

                        Psalm 118:22-23

You probably already know this scripture because it is also a Bible quote used as a popular memory verse.

The chief cornerstone talked about here is Jesus. He quoted this verse Himself in Matthew 21:42 while speaking with the Jewish leaders of His day.

During the time of David, the people were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the promised Messiah and the sacrifice that He would provide for their sins.

This was a day they were looking forward to. It would be a perfect day. And a day of celebration and rejoicing.

But when Jesus arrived on the scene, the Jewish leaders rejected Him. They refused to believe He was the promised Messiah. And that their perfect day had finally arrived.

Even though the chief cornerstone was rejected by these Jewish leaders, it was God’s hand at work. Through the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus, this Old Testament prophesy was fulfilled.

It was a day to rejoice in, then and now!

With this context in mind, we can begin to understand why today “is a day the Lord has made”. And see our reason to rejoice and be glad in it.

Simply put, it’s Jesus! He’s our reason to rejoice.

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Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Verse

 In the verses just after ours, we see the promise of another day of great rejoicing.

 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
                                              

                         Psalm 118:26 NIV

These are the words the crowd shouted as Jesus entered Jerusalem in Matthew 21:9.

Because they saw Jesus for who He truly is, they praised God and rejoiced in the fulfillment of His promise.

Jesus spoke these same words again in Matthew 23:39 referring to His ascension into heaven. And in doing so, He gave us another beautiful day look forward to, His second coming.

This is the day we are eagerly awaiting now!

The day when it will be our turn to shout “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

What a glorious day it will be when Jesus takes His rightful place and rules over this earth!

It will be a day to rejoice and be glad as we praise our Savior forever!

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What does it mean to rejoice and be exceedingly glad?

In this next Bible verse, Jesus spoke words of encouragement into our hearts as we wait for His return…

 

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

                                               Matthew 5:12 NKJV

 

As Christians, we have a great reward waiting for us in heaven. It isn’t a gold crown (although we’ll have that too), or a treasure chest full of jewels.

Our reward is Jesus!

His glory and grace belong to us because we belong to Him. And we will spend eternity in paradise praising our Savior with joy and gladness.

So, whatever today looks like, even if it’s another ordinary day, we have Jesus. And He is more than enough reason to be glad!

We can look back on the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins. And we can look forward to the day when Jesus comes again, knowing both are a reason to rejoice and be glad!

But more importantly, we have a reason to rejoice and be glad today. Because it is another day the Lord has made for us to sing His praises.

Will you join me as we rejoice in the day the Lord has made?

I hope so.

And I pray you’ll see, through the words of Psalm 118, a reason to rejoice no matter what today brings!

Please leave a comment below and let me know how you’re claiming… this is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.

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How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

A few years ago I started keeping a prayer journal. A lot has happened in my life since then. Truthfully, it’s been quite a rollercoaster ride. Along the way, I’ve offered up many prayers to God and received many answers back. So much happens that it’s easy to lose track of all of the things He has to say. That’s why I’m glad I started a prayer journal. When I get discouraged and think I’ll never hear from God again, I can look over my journal entries and see the goodness of God as He answered my prayers and kept me going when I wanted to give up.

I tend to keep journaling pretty simple and I don’t write in it every day.  But when God has something important to say to me or I have a deep down need to write to Him, I get it out and make an entry. Whether I feel good or bad, I pour my heart out to God on paper. Sometimes I’ll write out a prayer directly to God just as I would say it to Him.  And sometimes it’s just my feelings about the day or situation I’m in. (Hey, sometimes its silly doodles of flowers, cuz I’m girly like that!)

No matter what I write or have to say about my crazy life, the best part of my prayer journal is keeping track of what God says back to me. His answers always give me comfort in the moment. But I also know that I will look back over them sometime in the future and find strength in His words again.

It’s interesting to see the many different ways God has of answering prayer.

God uses His own word to speak to us. So it’s no wonder that the pages of my prayer journal are filled with scripture after scripture. Each one of them holds a special meaning to me, so I make sure to write out not only the verse but also why God gave me that particular scripture in response to my prayer.

Recently I read through some of my old entries and found a verse from Romans 15:5 “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.” What really sticks out to me in this verse are the words perseverance and encouragement. I’m positive that God spoke these words into my heart that day because I had asked Him for those two exact things the day before. But if I had not recorded that response from God in my journal along with my thoughts and prayer I wouldn’t be able to look back on it now and remember just how good God is in answering my prayers.

Sometimes God will speak to us through a thought or just one word. When He speaks to us in this way, there is no doubt that the one word or thought is directly from Him. I have pages and pages of notes God has given to me in a sudden burst of inspiration. A single thought or word that He has shared to inspire and encourage my heart. Heck, once it was a number. That one was interesting!

God speaks to us through other people. How many times have I been minding my own business and God has said something to me through another person? More times than I can count. It could come from hearing the pastor preach a sermon that gets right to the heart of the matter. Or having a conversation with a dear friend who openly shares her own circumstances with me. Or even sitting in traffic and listening to a song on the radio. However, God speaks to me I try to write about it in my journal. I don’t want to forget what He said and I don’t want His words to fall away unnoticed just because I get busy in this crazy mess we call life.

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Just like me, I’m sure you’re on your own rollercoaster ride of nonstop action. And I promised you in the title of this post that a prayer journal would change your life. So I’d like to share with you three things that have really changed in my life since I began keeping a prayer journal in the hope that it will change yours too. Each of them builds on the next. And before you know it your life, in particular, your prayer life will be changed!

#1 I realized God really does listen when we pray.

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

                                                              Jeremiah 29:12

Seeing is believing. So, when we see God’s answers to our prayers written down in black and white, we start to understand that God really listens when we pray. As I said before, it is incredible to look back at my previous journal entries and see the way God has faithfully answered my prayers. In those times when I was desperate for an answer and couldn’t wait to hear from God, He listened and He answered.

#2 Thankfulness filled my heart.

but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

                                                                 Philippians 4:6

How is it possible to go through difficulties and at the same time pray with thanksgiving? The answer is simple, as the pages of our journals begin to fill up, thankfulness is a natural reaction to so many answered prayers. That thankfulness builds up inside and covers all of the dark places we try so hard to hide. It grows and takes root until our hearts are filled to the brim with thankfulness for everything God has done.

#3 My relationship with God grew closer and closer the more I prayed.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

                                                                Psalm 145:18

Isn’t it amazing to know that God wants to talk to us? And He wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with us? Closeness with God is what I crave the most and it’s what I’ve found through my prayer life. The more time I spend with Him, the better my relationship with Him becomes. If like me, you’re longing for closeness with God, it’s just a prayer away. The more you call upon Him the nearer He is to you. All you have to do is start the conversation, He’ll do the rest.

I hope that this Bible Study has given you a few ideas of where to start with your prayer journal. There is no right or wrong way to do it.  A lot of people fill their journals with pictures and artwork or maybe stickers that have meaning to them. (Who doesn’t love a cute sticker?) Others just want to write down their feelings, thoughts or answered prayers. Whatever you choose to put in your journal, the real power within its pages is knowing that God is listening when you pray and that He is answering you too. It may sound simple, but that’s how a prayer journal will change your life! Praying for you to see answered prayers filling up your pages soon!

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Race to the Finish – 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Race to the Finish 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into submission, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
                                                                                          

                                                            1 Corinthians 9:24-27

During Biblical times, there was an athletic competition similar to our Olympics. The Isthmian Games where held in the city of Corinth every two years. Athletes would train hard and devote themselves completely to the Games. Then, and only then, they would be allowed to compete in an event. Along with the bragging rights of a true companion, the winner would receive a pine wreath crown. The Apostle Paul likened the life of a Christian to that of a competitor in the Isthmian Games. But instead of bragging rights and a crown of pine, after we have run the race, we receive eternal life with Jesus.

There are certain qualities that an athlete must have in order to perform at the Olympic level. And I thought it would be fun to look at some of these qualities and compare them to what we as Christians can do to perform at a top level in our walk with Christ.

First, we need a Goal.

Every athlete has a goal in mind when they practice and when they compete. Without a goal, there wouldn’t be a desire to win or a reason to show up at the competition. That goal is their main focus in life and their eye is always on it. They are always in pursuit of their goal and nothing will stop them from achieving it.

Every Christian has a call from God on their life, and each of us should set our goal on that call. We should be pressing forward or deliberately pursuing that goal. Just as an athlete sets their eyes on the gold medal or a Super Bowl ring, we must set our eyes on Jesus and make sure that He is the main focus of our lives. He is what we are pressing toward. His call on our life is the goal, and nothing will keep us from getting to that goal.

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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                              Philippians 3:13-14

Second, we must work hard and show Discipline.

It takes hard work to get from the goal to the prize. We tend to think that people are born with a natural ability to be a top-tier athlete. Either you have it, or you don’t. But an athlete needs discipline to reach the top of the podium. It is everyday practice and discipline that makes them able to train their bodies to perform at such a high level. Discipline makes them get out of bed every day and practice, even when their body is tired or injured. Discipline propels them forward when nothing else will. Discipline is what creates winners.

Just as an athlete needs discipline to go from a goal to the prize, we also need discipline in our daily lives. We should be training ourselves by praying, reading and mediating on God’s Word. These are some of the ways that we can work to put our faith into practice every day. When we do, God promises that we will be rewarded for our efforts and our goal will become closer and closer.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                          1 Corinthians 15:58
                           
Third, we should have endurance and Perseverance.

A track runner is trained to only see the hurdle in front of them, not to look past it for the next one. They jump over the first hurdle, then move on to the next. Eventually, they get to the last hurdle, and then the finish line is in sight. They show perseverance through each hurdle until the race is over.

That’s how we need to be, focused on what God has put right in front of us. There will always hurdles to overcome in life and many things will distract us from our goal. At times the finish line will seem to be just out of sight. But when we have perseverance and look to Jesus, “the finisher of the faith” we will be able to run with endurance and see the finish line clearly up ahead.  

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
                                                                                             Hebrews 12:1-2

It’s easy to feel weighed down and discouraged. When you don’t see any forward movement the finish line seems so far away. But Jesus has already won the victory for us! And when we set our goal on Him and run the race before us, we will receive everything we need to make it to that goal. We can race to the finish with confidence in our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Does it seem like you go from one crisis to the next? The psalmist understood this perfectly when he wrote, All Your breakers and Your waves have passed over me. If it feels like you’re drowning, this Bible Verse for Hard Times has the answer… Turn to Jesus and allow Him to rescue you from the deep!

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