What Does Psalm 118:24 Mean?

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24(HCSB)
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Verse Thoughts

When thing go well, and the sun is shining, and we have just received a wonderful surprise or had some encouraging news of a dear loved one how we rejoice and how our hearts are full of praise to the Lord. It is on these days of unexpected wonder and joyful delight that we lift up our voices and proclaim with the Psalmist: This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it – and rightly so.

But what about those days that are tinged with sadness and disappointment. What about the pain that others inflict on you or your loved ones, when lowering clouds and tempestuous storm rip asunder your life – when relationships sour; loved ones are lost; jobs are in jeopardy or finances are causing concern – this is also the day that the Lord has made – for He scheduled every day of your life and He weaves the dark strands of disappointment and pain in with the golden thread of joy – this is also a day when we should rejoice and be glad in Him and the many blessings and wonders that the Lord has done for us – this world is passing away but our hope in Christ remains throughout eternity.

But this special Psalm of praise is a Messianic psalm that does not speak today or the times through which we are passing – but this verse speaks of THE day…. The Day of the Lord – That Day that the Lord has scheduled into His eternal timeline - The Day when Christ Jesus returns in the clouds with His saints to set up His glorious kingdom on earth - a day when the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. This is the day (at the end of the coming seven-year tribulation period) when the whole nation of Israel will be saved as they cry in unison: Blessed is the One Who comes in the name of the LORD;

Before His crucifixion the Lord Jesus wept over Jerusalem and prophesised. you will not see me until you cry, "blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord" - That is the day when Israel will rejoice and proclaim together, "this is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

My Prayer

Loving Father may I rejoice and be glad in You all my days of my life, no matter what the circumstances of life – and Father how we long for that wonderful day when the Lord Jesus comes to set up His kingdom on earth to rule and reign in righteousness – Maranatha – come Lord Jesus, in His name I pray, AMEN.

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