by Seu Harrichunder
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
The Sabbath Day
The Psalmist David describes a day in which the Lord has made and in this day, he says "we should rejoice and be glad in it." This day that David is referring to is most probably the Holy Sabbath day. The Sabbath day is the day of rest and must be Holy. This day we must dedicate to the Lord and also be glad and rejoice. In that our attitude must be of gladness in our hearts and worshiping God throughout the day. Sometimes we think that going to church on a Sunday morning helps us fulfill the Sabbath day, yet we give the rest of the day to the world. We need to be in the presence of God throughout the day. After all God as given us 7 days and asks for just 1 day to dedicate to Him. Even in that, we fail Him.
The scripture could also be referring to any day of the week. Take for instance this day, early in the morning when we open our eyes, breathe the fresh air and see the beautiful light of the sun, we are grateful of the day. But did you know that , that is the greatest miracle God has given you. God has spared us another day of living. We usually take each day for granted. We do not cherish the day.
Yesterday is gone, we cannot do anything about it and we do not know what tomorrow holds. Only God knows, but we can make a great difference today, because today is all we have. David said, "Rejoice and be glad." and that is exactly how we should spend the day. Do something different, do not get caught up in the boring routine of the day. Smile, greet every person you face today. Do something special while at work, go out and buy cool drinks, sweets or chocolates and give it to you fellow staff and when they ask you you, "what's the occasion?" you tell them, "this is a special day the Lord has made and I'm rejoicing because he has spared me another day." Praise God throughout the day.
Tomorrow is uncertain because we do not know whether we will wake up in the morning. Shakespeare said, "The world is a stage, we play part and move out." How true this is, on this Earth we are given an opportunity to make the right choices, do the right thing and praise God. Sometimes we get caught up in this worldly fashion and all the evil that surrounds us. Look around us there is crime, violence, rape, murder, suicide and corruption. Our day is filled with fear and uncertainty. Always remember we are of this world, but we do not take part of it. The Psalmist continues to remind us, "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Imagine the Doctor says to you that you have only 1 day to live. What would you do? In Luke 12:18-20 'Then He said, "This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and goods and I will say to myself "you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink and be merry." But God said to him, "You fool, this very night your life will be demanded from you." Then who will get what you prepared for yourself"'
Sometimes we fall into a trap of planning and putting things off for tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Forget about yesterday, don't worry about tomorrow or the future. Today is all you have, today is your destiny. Today you can repent and ask for forgiveness. Today you can dedicate it to the Lord and be in His presence. Today can be a special and unforgettable day.
If you die tomorrow you stand alone in judgment before the Lord and give account. "Better is one day in Your courts, than a thousand elsewhere." Psalm 84:10
So lets make everyday a cherishable day and thank God for sparing us.
Seu Harrichunder is the Men's Fellowship Leader in the Church of the Nazarene, Richards Bay, South Africa.