“This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
You may remember today’s Bible verse from the wonderful Sunday School songs you used to sing as a child. Maybe you didn’t even realise that it was from the Bible, yet as with most Sunday school songs, Biblical verses are used in song to help remember them. Yet today’s verse is so deep on so many levels.
Firstly, just read it as it is! This verse challenges us to rejoice in God, rejoice in the day God has given to us, despite of the circumstances around us, because it is a day He has given to each of us. It is His appointed day for you. A gift, a treasure and an opportunity to praise God. Know that whatever you are waking up to today, it is a gift and we will rejoice in that.
Secondly, it is a prophetic voice used to speak to the Psalmist’s readers. In the previous verses the Psalmist talks of a ‘stone that the builders rejected’ that has now ‘become the cornerstone’. We now know as New Testament readers, words that Jesus Himself alluded to, that the stone that was rejected was Jesus, who has now become the cornerstone of our faith; the unshakeable, unbreakable foundation on which our faith is built. Isn’t it amazing that God revealed this to the Psalmist, who knew what joyous news it would be; that the rejected One was whom God prepared to be our Salvation and our Cornerstone. Surely that is something to rejoice about too. This is truly the day of salvation! Let us rejoice in it and be glad.