Devotional Bible Study: This Is The Day The Lord Has Made|Psalm 118:24.
Welcome to Day 6 for a short powerful devotion from our 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan. This short devotional is from Psalm 118:24. And make sure to join me in prayer at the bottom of this post.
Read Psalm 118:24. (Click on the psalm if you would like to see other translations of these verses)
"This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." NLT
Good morning this is the day the Lord has made!
Depending on how your day or week is going, you may not be too excited for me to give you this awesome welcome to a new day. Today is the day the Lord has made. We all have days that bring mixed blessings and Psalm 118 is all about finding the blessing in the midst of trials that bring those feelings of anxiety.
So let us rejoice and be glad in it.
How can you rejoice and be glad in your day when your life feels full of chaos and sadness?
What does it mean in Psalm 118:24 that this is the day that the Lord has made?
This is the day that the Lord has made meaning
We are not told the name of the author of Psalm 118 but biblical scholars think it probably was written by King David. They think it was written to celebrate a special occasion such as the building of the second temple in Jerusalem or it may have been written when David defeated the Philistines and was then crowned king of Israel. This meant that he no longer had to hide from King Saul who had sought to have him killed on numerous occasions.
David had many battles with enemies surrounding him during his lifetime but he learned to thank God and praise Him in the midst of these battles, expecting God to work in them for his good.
We know that King David was not perfect. He has written many psalms of lament when he had been surrounded by the enemy. He did not get up every morning with a strong desire to be joyful and to rejoice that this is a day that the Lord has made but King David had learned to trust God in the midst of his battles which led him to be thankful and to sing songs of rejoicing.
So let's see what we can learn from David's example of taking each day and rejoicing in it.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Each day is a new day with new mercies.
God has made it and He has good plans for you in it. Ephesians 2:10.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Don't waste a precious moment worrying about your day. God walks beside you through each moment and He longs for you to spend time in His presence drawing on His strength and wisdom for all the circumstances that you encounter. We are told in Romans 8:28
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
Activate your faith muscle and step out in faith that God has a good plan for you today. Today may not be a good day for you. You may feel overwhelmed with anxiety or fear, or you may have an extremely difficult task to do, just tell God how you are feeling and ask Him to infuse you with His strength to overcome those feelings.
Here is a wonderful verse from Matthew 6:27 that puts worrying into perspective,
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?"
King David had learned to sing to God songs of praise when he was hiding in caves from his enemies. In the natural, it seemed impossible that David and his men could be saved from their enemies but God had a plan and when they turned their fear into psalms of praise to God, it took their eyes off of their impossible situation and put them on God who is the God of the impossible. Mark 10:27.
"Jesus looked at them intently and said, 'Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.'"
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Free printable prayer journal
Download our free guided prayer journal specifically designed for our 30 Psalms challenge or use a notebook to answer the following questions:
Have you thanked God that He is with you today?
Do you believe that God has a plan and a purpose for your life?
What is God saying to you through Psalm 118:24?
Bible affirmation: Remind yourself often of these biblical truths.
You are God's workmanship.
God has good plans for you.
Nothing is impossible with God.