Thursday, September 18, 2014

Psalms 118:24-25 -- On Rejoicing

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity."
Psalms 118:24-25

I really like this scripture.  God made this day for us, no matter what circumstances we are in, and just the fact that we have a day to work with is a gift from the Lord, and a reason to rejoice. :)
Sometimes when we hear happy scriptures like this we shake our heads and think that it might be good to rejoice later, but right *now* we're kind of in a jam, and there is no reason to be happy.  So, just to provide some context, in verse 18 of this chapter the Psalmist says "The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death." ... Doesn't sound like a perfect day here either, and yet still, or maybe because of that, we are urged to rejoice.
I think it is significant that the Psalmist urges us to rejoice first, and asks for prosperity afterward.  Perhaps in our lives we are too critical of our circumstances.  We complain about so many things, ignoring the good and focusing on the bad.  Today, let's rejoice and be thankful for this glorious day, and for the fabulous things in our lives, and after having a party and celebrating all of that, *then* let's get on our knees and ask God to help us with the things that aren't going so well.  That order might put things in perspective a little bit more, and perhaps God will be more receptive to our often-impatient entreaties.

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