This is the Day the Lord has Made
Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s mercy endures forever. Let Israel | now declare, “God’s mercy endures forever.” The Lord is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation. Shouts of rejoicing and salvation echo in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the | Lord acts valiantly! The right hand of the Lord is exalted! The right hand of the Lord acts valiantly!” I shall not | die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord indeed punished me sorely, but did not hand me over to death. Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them and give thanks to the Lord. “This is the gate of the Lord; here the righteous may enter.” I give thanks to you, for you have answered me and you have become | my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:1-2,14-24
Some days it is harder to get out of bed than others.
And on those days, I force myself to say the last lines here from Psalm 118.
This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.
I repeat it then as often as I need to be reminded of it. And sometimes that's a lot of times.
Sometimes, it's hard to see new, joy filled life in a world that is hurting so much.
But even when it is hard for me to see it, the truth is there. The Lord is good. God's mercy endures. The Lord IS my salvation.
Each day God has made with the intention for good. Each day there is new life to be found. Sometimes that means wading through all the bad news and brokenness we see around us.
And sometimes it just means reminding ourselves of God's goodness before we even put our feet to the floor at the start of the day.
Lord, your mercy endures forever. Help me to say it over and over until it sticks! Amen