I’m sure we can all think back to our childhood days of songs that we sung as children or teens that stick in our memories even years later. No doubt for some of of you many of those songs might not be the type that you want to remember but invariably when you hear those songs in a grocery store or gas station, the words come rushing back to your mind. While there are some songs in the recesses of my memory that would fit that bill, I was also blessed with the privilege of growing up in a good home, church and school in which godly songs were instilled into my mind.
One those such songs is entitled, “This is the Day”. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I have heard this song sung. However, the song is quite literally Psalm 118:24, “This is the Day which the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” I can’t help but think of the tune of that song every time I read that verse. I can remember as a child singing that song in a round over and over again.
Like many songs we are guilty of singing as children, I never really thought about the words of that song/verse and the truth that it contains; It was just a fun catchy song. But now as an adult, with statistically more than half of my life over, the truth in this verse takes on a much different meaning. Each day that we wake up truly is a gift from God. He made it and allowed me the privilege of living in it. And as a result of this knowledge, I can rejoice in it.
Wow, what a stark contrast in perspective compared to the lost co-workers we rub shoulders with, many of whom are just living for the weekend or perhaps just for the next chance to relax with a beer. This is not to say that often times our days can be stressful with various trials and temptations, but through it all I can rejoice knowing that God is in control, I have a personal relationship with Him and that nothing happens in my life without his knowledge and permission. May we greet each day as it truly is- a gift from God!