Bible Ballistics: BBs #287 I Will Rejoice In It!!!
“This is the day
which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice
and be glad
in it.” Psalm 118:24
A verse most of us are familiar with, and some of us quote it occasionally in praising God, or keeping our mind on our Lord. But do we really “rejoice” in this day? What if I’m sick? What if I’m hurting-be it physical hurt, or emotional hurt, or grief, or disgust with our circumstances? What if our world is falling apart, or we are being persecuted? Is it still the “day which the Lord hath made”? What about all the political upheaval going on all over the world; right here at home? Can we still rejoice? Of course we can, that’s what the Psalmist is reminding us of!!
I can rejoice in “the day which the Lord hath made” because God not only made the “day”, but He also made me. And for those of us who belong to Jesus, we have all the other promises of scripture to rely upon as we truly “rejoice” in the day! And why can we rejoice when our world seemingly is falling apart? Because our God isn’t asleep or off duty—God has it all under control and we can trust HIM with TODAY!!! Why? Because God said we can!
“………for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5b-6
Because we are never alone! Never!
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
Because God is our strength and shield, and we CAN trust in HIS help! It may not be on our schedule, and we may think Him slow—but HE IS NEVER LATE!!!
And Paul reminds us that God is totally able to deliver us because despite what the world may say—Our God reigns, so I can “Rejoice in the Lord always”!!!
“Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known
unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing
let your requests
be made known
7 And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts
through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Because He has it all under HIS control! And when we trust Him we will experience that very “peace of God, which passeth all understanding”!!! We can have peace in the midst of the storm—any storm—any time!!!
And one of my favorite passages reminds us that regardless of what we are seeing or experiencing , our God is with us through it all.
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:” Isaiah 43:1-3a
So, here’s the shot for the day:
Look up, rejoice and press on. God has you, the circumstances and the outcome. He is conforming us into the image of His Son when we belong to HIM….. You can “let it go”!
“And we know that all things
that love God,
who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed
to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29
Are you reflecting HIS image? He is with His own! Rejoice!