This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Years ago my sisters would do a great impression of a woman who, while on a youth retreat, would wake everyone up with a loud joyful voice and quote “This is the day which the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it”. Mind you, this was said while my sister’s eyes rolled and her tone of voice carried more than a little sarcasm. While it might make for a funny memory, I can’t think that many of us would enjoy waking up in this manner.
I consider myself a morning person but not a waking up person. Dave will jump out of bed at the first sound of his alarm. I have to work myself into the day. I use the old trick of setting my clock ahead so I can hit the snooze bar a few times! Once up and about my thinking isn’t that God has given me another day in which to rejoice. I’m sure your mind first wanders to the coffee pot, then maybe the news and events of the day. It takes a little while to clear out the cob webs.
But what a great challenge this is! Can you and I awaken full of gratitude with a joyful expectation of the day ahead? As we start our day in the Word of God we can find reason to begin the morning with rejoicing. The key is to understand that we rejoice in Him and what He has made, not in our circumstances. We can have joyful expectation in the day ahead because He is already there!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.