REJOICE - AGAIN I SAY REJOICE
This is the day
[which] the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord, that is (the) self-Existent or Eternal One; Jehovah, He it is who has created and ordained each day of our lives(Psalms 139). "Know ye the Lord, He is God, it is He who hath made us, and not we ourselves." And if He is the Author of our days, would it not make sense that we should be looking for Him in the midst of the daily details of our lives?
Seeking Him as the Creator should be our life-long desire and our highest ambition. And knowing Him on a daily basis is to have a continual feast set before us. Psalm 23:5 says, Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies, my cup runneth over.
"This is the day the Lord has made" taken in context is referring to "the whole time of the gospel-dispensation, that accepted time, that day of salvation", yet there is a much deeper truth that is presented here.
The scriptures tell us, " Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." Revelation 4:11 1Peter 2:9
God has created us, as well as "all the days of our lives", that we should live out a life-time of rejoicing in the One who "loved us and gave Himself for us." Our highest priority then is to watch the Creator show up day in day out, from month to month, year to year, till we have become full in years and are translated into His very presence. This is the meaning of the Hebrew word "day" in our text. A day meaning a season, to be (full of age,) (so long as we live), (even) now.
We are to live out each day of our lives as if if it were created brand new just for this very purpose. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. " Thanks be to God that His goodness is extended to us and that He continues to add to our days. Lam 3:22, 23 states, [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.
Yes, it is the Lord hath made our days. And if God has made them, then do they not therefore entirely belong to Him? We are not our own, we have been bought at great price (1Corinthians 6). The Creator is to be the center of our daily activities and our rejoicing in Him is to be our highest pleasure and pursuit. His praise is to be continually on our lips.
Rejoicing in the Creator is the distinguishing mark of a grateful and humble heart, and it is also at the very heart of God's will for His children. "Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is suitable for the upright. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Psa 33:1 1Th 5:16-18
Rejoicing is the distinct duty and privilege of the believer, not just when times are good but when doing so comes at great cost to self. We are to rejoice even when we cannot trace God's creative hand in our lives. We are to rejoice even if it appears that the Savior is absent. We are to rejoice even in times of great testing. There is not a time when rejoicing is out of place.
"Rejoice in the Lord always again I say Rejoice. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations." Php 4:4, 1Peter 1:6 Perhaps the reason why we are pruned, that is cut back in John 15, is so that we have more ample opportunity and greater ability to rejoice in Christ our Savior. It's something to think about anyway.
The Glory Of His Name
Whether By Life Or Death
THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS