THIS IS THE DAY!

PSALM 118:22-26: “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. It is from ADONAI: it is marvelous in our eyes! This is the day that ADONAI has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Hoshia-na! Please, ADONAI, save now! We beseech You, ADONAI, prosper us! Baruch haba b’Shem ADONAI — Blessed is He who comes in the Name of ADONAI. We bless you from the House of ADONAI.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Is this the Day that the Lord has made? I can still remember singing that old chorus in church when I was feeling miserable. I was going through a prolonged trial in my life and thought, “If this is the day the Lord has made, I surely don’t want to encounter the one He hasn’t made!” How could I sing these words when it seemed my whole world was falling apart?

Living in faith is more about our perspective than it is about our immediate experience. If you read the end of Hebrews chapter 11 you find that not everyone experienced victory, but everyone received a good report for their faith. How can this be possible? Perspective!

Faith does not focus on the immediate. Faith focuses on the things that are hoped for, the things that are promised, and the things that are to come. In fact faith brings these things into the present as if they were, right now, even though they may still be in the future. When you read this Messianic Psalm you get a wonderful insight into this perspective.

The Psalmist was not just saying that everyday is the day that God has made. While this is true, this is not what he was writing about. And this is not the focus of his statement – “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” No, the Psalmist had his eyes fixed on a day that to him was still future, but to us has come to pass.

  • “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. It is from ADONAI: it is marvelous in our eyes!”

This was written hundreds of years before it would be fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus came to His own, and His own received Him not. Yes, they cried Hosanna, but not with understanding. They expected Jesus to change their circumstances, but were not positioned for Him to change their hearts. And when He was crucified, rejected of men, they could only see defeat. Yet, in His death and resurrection, the Father has given JESUS a Name above all names. He has taken the rejected one and made Him the chief cornerstone of the redeemed. Jesus Christ is now both Lord and Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made! This is the day that we are to rejoice and be glad in!

When we turn our eyes upon Jesus, everything else falls into perspective. Each day we can cry out – “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” He comes daily to strengthen us, to heal us, to cleanse us, to forgive us. He comes to give us His wisdom. He comes to speak His word of life. He comes to fill us anew with the Holy Spirit. In the midst of the storm, He comes to say – “Peace be still!” Now, this is a day I can rejoice and be glad in!

And it even gets better. To those who have embraced Him as Lord and Savior, Jesus will come again to set up His eternal kingdom. The world in chaos will become the world of peace and order under the reign of the Cornerstone, the Lamb of God, the glorified Christ. And we will be there to proclaim – “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” He will create a new heaven and a new earth where death will be no more, and where His glory will shine as the sun. Faith looks toward this day, and it is in this perspective that we can proclaim every day,

  • “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

When I hear these words now, I rise up in faith. I no longer look at the day, I focus upon the DAY! I see what God has done, what He is doing now through Jesus Christ, and what He will do when He returns. Even my worst day is resurrected by my faith in Jesus Christ. He truly is greater in me than he that is in the world! Wherever Jesus is Lord the redeemed can truly proclaim,

  • “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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