Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” KJV
I want to share with you something God showed me today while I was reading His Word. If we pay close attention to this verse, I believe we will see that this scripture points out to us that “rejoicing” in this day is not necessarily an automatic response but rather a choice. The key words that lead me to believe this are “we” and “will”. It doesn’t say “we rejoice” but instead it points to our intention to do so by stating “we will”. For me, this is a HUGE revelation! It means that when we open our eyes in the morning and try to gather our thoughts together and move forward in the day, we need to choose to rejoice in whatever may come our way. Whether or not we are running late, stuck in traffic, don’t feel well, or whatever may cause us hardship; we can choose to accept our circumstances. We can also pray about it and do what we can to make things better; all the while we can choose to rejoice.
How do we do this? One prime example I think of is in Matthew 14:22-33. Here we have the account of when Jesus went up to the mountain to pray after feeding a great multitude of people who came to hear and learn of him. Upon coming down to return to the disciples, he found them in the midst of the sea being tossed about by tumultuous waves and wind. He began to walk across to them. When after their initial fear of him being a ghost and realizing then that it was he, Peter asked Jesus to bid him to come forth to walk on the water with him. Jesus did so but part way across the water, a fierce wind blew and Peter turned and looked to the stormy seas taking his eyes off of Jesus. Being gripped in fear, he fell into the sea and cried for the Lord to save him. Jesus stretched forth his hand to Peter to pull him back up and Jesus asked Peter, “Why did you doubt?” Peter made a choice at that moment that he fell to focus on the storms rather than on Jesus. If he had just kept “rejoicing” that he was walking on the water with Jesus and not turn his attention to the storms around him, he would have never fallen into the sea. Hence, this is the same choice that we face everyday. Will we keep our eyes on Jesus who enables us to walk over the stormy seas of life? Or will we succumb to fear by focusing on the storms about us?
I believe the Apostle Paul sums this up best when he writes under inspiration of the Holy Spirit;
Philippians 4:8-9 KJV
8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” 9 “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
So, what will we choose this day?
Copyright 2010, Nancy M. Ericsson