“This is the day the Lord acted;
we will rejoice and celebrate in it!”
Psalm 118:24 (Common English version)
For more years than I can remember now, I have started the worship services that I am presiding over with the same declaration…….”this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and celebrate in it!” Acknowledging our Creator and the day we have been given, especially for corporate worship. Always reminding myself and those who gather with me, that we gather to celebrate and give thanks. Sometimes we get it and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes there is a misspelled word or a wrong note on the piano or by the choir, or maybe the children’s message goes awry or the community concerns go off on a tangent and we lose focus. But the fact remains.......this is God's created day, given to us with the only expectation being one of worship, celebration and thanks.
But several weeks ago when I was reviewing the Psalms for this series for worship and devotion, I came across a different translation of this verse that stopped me in my tracks. What a difference a new perspective can give!! “This is the day the Lord ACTED”!! Yes, I remember that God’s creative energy caused the sun to rise and my body to reluctantly move from under the nice warm covers. But to hear the word ACTED can change how the rest of the day is viewed.
It’s as if the active part of God’s creation of the day and calling us forth to be a part of it has stepped up a few notches! Whatever the day may hold, God has ACTED! Acted by showing us that we do not walk alone and that we are loved beyond compare. Acted by showing us how faithful and trustworthy in times of distress He can be. Acted by restoring our relationship and protecting us from dangers seen and unseen. Acted by allowing us to change the direction of our lives and to be thankful for all that we have and all that we are. This is the day that God ACTED on our behalf! We can’t help but rejoice and celebrate in it!!!
The Psalms of Lent remind us that God is always with us, surrounds us with love and care and keeps us in moments of distress and challenge.
PRAYER: Thank you gracious God for ACTING in my life, forgiving my shortcomings, extending to me grace and mercy beyond measure and for helping me see a different perspective. I will show thanks by rejoicing and celebrating today! Amen.