This is the Day that the Lord has Made

May 11th, 2016 –

This is the Day that the Lord has Made – Pastor Sam Herscu

“This is the day that the LORD has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

-Psalm 118:24

I grew up in the church. My parents were very involved in ministry and from car seat to driver’s license I found community in our church. In Sunday school, I had the opportunity to learn Bible stories and songs, and I took them at face value. From the colorful, felt Bible characters pinned on display boards to the episodes of McGee and Me (My favorite Christ centered cartoon growing up), I was taught the basics of the Christian faith. These were formative years that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Not until today, as an adult, do I realize the spiritual impact of each story and each song that I learned as a child. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  This is a song I had sung so many times. I knew every word.  In fact, I may have even used it to annoy my parents.  Studying Psalm 118:19-24 in further depth, I am convicted of the incredible context that surrounds this familiar children’s song.

Here’s my attempt at paraphrasing this passage: I long to pursue His righteousness, I am beyond thankful that God has answered my cry and He has given me salvation through Jesus. Our Savior, Jesus, was rejected by man, and now He has become our cornerstone. He is my solid rock and refuge! What an incredible day that the Lord has made, because of what He has done! 

A familiar little song from so many years ago convicts me to look deeply into God’s word and wait in expectation for the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord to open your heart to His truths, which can be found in a place where you least expect it–such as the simplest of Sunday school songs!

“Open to me the gates of righteousness,

that I may enter through them

and give thanks to the LORD.

This is the gate of the LORD;

the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me

and have become my salvation.

The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone.

This is the LORD’s doing;

it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the LORD has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

-Psalm 118:19-24


 

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