Thursday, March 28, 2013

This is the day the Lord has made!


"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

Rejoice in the Lord!  There are days when times seem tough.  But everyday is full of his new mercies.  We have to make a decision whether we will rejoice in the Lord or let the cares of this world weigh us down.  Although life is not always easy, when we praise God in the midst our of trials our spirit is uplifted and it seems to put all things in perspective despite our circumstances.

If we can daily see the goodness of God in the midst of tragedy and loss, we hold on.  God never promised us that we would not have problems here, but he said that he would give us a comforter and that is part of who he is, the Holy Spirit.  If we turn to him, he will comfort us in our time of need and be our very present help.

I don't think we will always fully grasp the why things happen this way, but what I do know is this...at the end of the dark season there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I know this personally as I had experienced much pain, loss and hurt.  I know that the season were not always easy, but what I found is that God did a work in my heart.  It was a softening work from a hard heart into a pliable heart.  It was one that could give thanks to God for the wonderful things that he has done for me.  When I think about how he sent his son Jesus to die for me and his son sits in glory at the right hand of God, how can I not give praise.  He paid such a price for me.  I was doomed to death and destruction and now God had blessed me because he remembered my sins no more and has given me a new life.

Yes, there are times when I see the myself in my failures and weaknesses.  However, God reminds me of the covenant of Jesus Christ and I am now renewed into a hope of eternal glory. I am no longer born of man or of a human decision, but born of God.  God has imparted into a seal and promise, the gift who is the Holy Spirit living in me.  I know that I have God with me and that he will help me finish out my faith walk.  I am truly thankful for that.

So when I think about the trials in this life, I stop and give praise to God and his son Jesus.  When I am in an attitude of praise for his great plan of salvation I find my hope being renewed and the life springing forth.  So my hope today for each and everyone of you is that you will rejoice today for this is the day the Lord has made!

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