Monday, April 29, 2013


…makes a man (or woman?) healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Except for me.

In my case, this little adage might read more like this:

"Late to bed, early to rise
Makes one cranky, grumpy, with puffy eyes."


Never have been – probably never will be.

So, it's no surprise that most mornings, the first thing that pops into my head is this sentiment:

"I do not wish to face this day."

Most days, there's no real reason to feel this way.

Most days, the calendar is free.  There's no impending root canal, no looming tax appointment – most days I am relatively healthy, most days are sunny.

However, if you are a person beleaguered by anxiety, most days arrive with an aura of doom about them.

I hate my anxiety.

You see, anxiety does not require a REASON for the feelings it generates.

It doesn't need to make sense, it just needs to make fear.

Sure, there have been a few mornings when I received a phone call with unsettling or scary news.  There have been days where something scheduled has brought legitimate anxiety.

I have been sick.  There has been cloudy or rainy or snowy weather.

But, most days there is NO. GOOD. REASON.

Just a free-floating sense of dread – like I'm waking up just to wait for the phone call or the piece of mail or the "event" that I'm so afraid will happen – to happen.

Hence, most days I just want to roll over and go back to sleep.  To escape reality.

Does this sound like a victorious Christian?

It doesn't to me.

But, unfortunately…it DOES sound like me.

When I think of the way that we believers are supposed to face the day, I think of this verse:

"This is the day the LORD has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it." 
(Psalm 118:24)

A great verse, yes.  But a verse that usually makes me feel guilty – because I am not rejoicing.

So, in an effort to assuage my sense of guilt, and in an effort to find out how I just might actually rejoice – I have decided to study this verse more closely.

First of all, who wrote this verse?

Interestingly enough, the writer of this psalm is anonymous.

I kinda like that idea.

It isn't David, or Solomon, or Moses, or Asaph – or one of the other named psalm writers.

It's just an unnamed person – a person just like you or me.

Second, that means that we don't know exactly when this psalm was written.

However, my research indicates that is was most likely written after the return from the Babylonian exile.

I find that interesting.

This was a psalm written after a terrible time in the history of the nation of Israel.

This was written by someone who had endured the pain of being forced from their homeland, taken against their will to a foreign and pagan nation, subjugated to harsh and difficult circumstances.

This was a person, in my opinion, who had experienced anxiety.

And now, this person had experienced a miraculous homecoming.  An unexpected and exciting return to Israel.  (Maybe the feeling could be compared to a POW being freed, and brought home to America after a war).

Joy, yes – unmitigated joy at newfound – RE-found – freedom.

So, finally this brings me to the issue of context.

What was the context of this verse?

Well, much of my research pointed out that this verse is often taken out of context.  It is usually understood just like I have always understood it – referring to the new day.  In other words, TODAY the day that God has given us.  And so, we should rejoice in it.

Yes, that's true, but Psalm 118 is actually talking about the work of God in Christ, and the future day when God will lay His foundation stone the Lord Jesusthe Stone that will bring salvation.

So, let's read the two verses that precede Psalm 118:24:

"The stone the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.  This is the LORD's doing, and it is wonderful to see."

NOW…we read Psalm 118:24:

"THIS is the day the LORD has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it."


The day of the coming Messiah was a day that the nation of Israel had looked toward for centuries.  And this psalmist, after recently returning from exile, perhaps had this future day of salvation on his mind like never before.

He had just experienced a foretaste of that future day of rescue.

Freed from an evil and powerful nation, returned to where he belonged, he looked deeper into his feelings of exultation.

He looked forward to the day of the Lord's ultimate salvation.

So, I'm looking at this verse in a whole new way.

"THIS is the day the LORD has made…"

Well, my friends, that day is  Resurrection Day!

And that is truly a day to rejoice and be glad.

And also, because of that day, every other day you or I will ever face is forever changed.

There are no "bad" days – in the sense that nothing that ever happens now can affect us eternally.  

Every day is clothed in the protection and the promise of salvation.

We were saved on THAT DAY from a world ruled by the evil one.

We were saved on THAT DAY from slavery to sin.

We were saved on THAT DAY from the fear and the power of death.

We were saved on THAT DAY to ensure a future homecoming to where we belong.

We were saved on THAT DAY to live forever in the Presence of God.

Ahhh, I'm smiling.  Are you?

Sure, there are going to be days when the last thing I want to do is rejoice. I'm going to wake up in a bad mood, or life is going to be out of hand, or I might be plagued with sorrow or guilt or overwhelming anxiety.


(And this is the crucial crux of everything…)

…because of THAT day, each new day is a day to love and serve God.

Because of THAT day, each new day is a day to remember that I no longer belong to this world, I am no longer controlled by sin, I am no longer a prisoner of death.


This perspective radically changes my thinking.

Yes, I probably will wake up many mornings with this sentiment:

"I do not wish to face this day."

But, because of THAT day, I can now add this:

"But Lord, because of Your gift of salvation, I need not fear today or tomorrow.  For I am securely wrapped in Your love, and I face nothing alone.  Whom then, what then, shall I fear?"

And because of THAT day, every day that I wake up on this earth is just another day closer to the day when I wake up and see Him face-to-face.

Ahhh, I'm smiling.

Are you?!

God himself will be with them.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.

"And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!... It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.  All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.'" (Revelation 21:5-6)

How does THAT DAY, the day of salvation, change your perspective on today?

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  1. Sharon:

    This is such a powerful blog. I always love your honesty in sharing what so many feel, and then always tying it together with THAT DAY bottom lines!

    Maybe this blog is my favorite of yours... uh oh, I've already said that too many times here, but it's definitely in the top 10!! :)

    Have a great THIS DAY because of THAT DAY!

  2. My, my, Sharon. You've given me such fresh insight on this verse that I've often heard quoted. Thanks for allowing us glean from your study. Have a great day!

  3. Hi Sharon,

    Yes I am smiling, thank you for this inspired blog, your honesty and your wonderful way of writing. Yes this is the day that the Lord has made, but thank you for letting me see the wider picture.

    God Bless

  4. Yes,I am smiling!
    This was just what I needed to read today...Thank you Sharon. I also struggle with anxiety and know very well that feeling of impending doom, and then the feeling of guilt over feeling like that! But as a Christian I know that we do not place our faith upon feelings...but on the knowing that God takes care of us and each day is ordained by Him...the author and finisher of our faith.
    Funny, but you wrote out the words of the song I sing each morning in the shower (of course)..."I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise...I will say this is the day that the LORD has made...I will rejoice 'cause He has made me glad!" P.S I sing this song because I often wake up saying that I do not want to face the day ;)
    ~God bless~ Lisa

  5. Awesome post, I am smiling. I love you.

  6. What an uplifting says, encourage one another daily while it is still have.

    Oh I am enjoying my new jean size...and the song was from years says, bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan...too funny, since right now that is exactly what I am doing..this woman does roar...LOL, but not like Helen Reddy LOL

  7. I love this and am smiling. You have given me a whole new way of thinking of this verse...because of that day I can face today

  8. I am smiling too, Sharon. What an honest and wonderfully encouraging and enlightening word you've shared today. I don't think I would ever have thought of that verse quite that way until reading this. When we can keep our hearts settled on the Lord we can face anything. I am a morning person though so I simply can't identify with not wanting to jump out of bed and start each day! Try it! You might just like it! :O)

  9. Dear Sharon
    It always gives me joy to know you visited by my blog. So, here I am to drop by your place to find out how you have been. This post made me smile - for the beautiful study you did on that beautiful verse. It talks about a coming day of full redemption, and restoration, and renewal. I so appreciate reading every word you have written...

    Your honesty is refreshing - it helps people warm up to you.

    Enjoy the rest of your day, dear blog friend.


  10. Hi Sharon,
    Oh how I often get caught up into my own thoughts, and let anxiety wrap me up in myself! I honestly feel sometimes like I am not doing my job if I don't worry about something! Life can seem so out of control at times, and when I don't stay centered on God and rejoice in the day that He has made, the burdens I am carrying are needlessly overwhelming.

    Lovely words written here!
    Blessings and hugs,

  11. I am smiling! Love how you have given such wonderful insight into this verse. You have taught me that when I find a verse that speaks to something I'm struggling with to do much more than read the verse over and over again, but really understand the verse. Such wonderful encouragement found here. Thank you!

  12. Wow I really needed that word today... especially the verse "Be glad and rejoice in it!" I hate my anxiety too and there is plenty of it today!

  13. Wow Sharon, I absolutely love this post. As for me, I struggle with worry all to much, especially when the stock market takes a fall. I thing I everything is going to fall apart, maybe I should run for the hills. My retirement accounts will be wiped out, what am I going to do? Retirement is only a few years away, maybe 15 years. How am I going to survive? But in Christ, I have victory. Everything we face on earth is temporary. I will remember this post and reflect on this scripture.
    May God bless you,

  14. Very powerful word of teaching, Sharon. I learned something new today. Thank you for taking me there.

    Because of "that day", this day rings with hope!

  15. Yes, Sharon smiling with you, I hope you are feeling better than you have been.

  16. I always smile when I think of YOU, my friend! Beautiful post, wonderful teaching. Yes, my root canals and tax appointments cause me anxiety, but so do the simple things that others take for granted. Life can be a struggle and I am thankful for my sisters in Christ, like you, who stand alongside, and sometimes pull me out of the muck and mire and slap that sword back in my hand so we can continue the fight. (Remember that image??) Love you, my friend, and keep on sharing God!

  17. Yes, smiling. I love how you put your thoughts out here for us all to read---and relate to!


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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