BIBLE TRUTH E-NEWS | FEBRUARY 2006
This is the
day that the Lord hath made.
Psalm 118:24 says,
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be
I have been reminded
of the days that we are given upon this earth. Various scriptures tell
us about these days. For example Psalm 39:4 instructs us to remember
the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. We need to
realize that we are decreasing and coming to an end. Then in verse 5 we
see that our days are as a
handbreadth; at his best state is
altogether vanity. Our days are short and empty. Regardless of how
long we live in light of eternity it is but a short time.
Now David tells us
that we are to rejoice and be glad in the days that we
are given. These words carry with them some very interesting meaning.
Rejoice means to spin around while being happy and smiling. To
be glad should cause us to have a smiley face with our chin
up. David is literally telling us that with each new day we meet we
should spin around with our chin up and wear a smiley face. This is
quite a request. There have been many days when this was not hard to do
but I have faced some days when this seemed impossible. But as I read
this verse I do not see that we are given a choice but David says
rejoice and be glad. In my dealings with my children when I
said that we will do something I was not giving them a choice but a
command to follow. It is the same here. Regardless of what our day
brings, whether happiness or sorrow, we are to rejoice and be glad.
Only our remembrance of who made the day can cause us to follow this
command. The LORD, Jehovah, made this day and we can trust him.
In our English
language we have the past tense, future tense, and present tense. The
past being yesterday, the future is tomorrow, and the PRESENT is today.
Our LORD has given us a PRESENT, or a gift of today. We are to open it
with rejoicing and gladness.
Until next time,
Evangelist Tom Gilliam