As I sit down at my computer this morning, I’m not sure what it is that I feel I must say. Something about the sunrise…something about mercies being new every day. Something about the way a joyful heart must live; or perhaps the way any heart must live to be joyful in the midst of a suffering world and the persistent pull of sin. I am not a perfect person, nor will I ever be in this life. This morning I know I need to let go of my pride and wake up to the ways that God is growing me. He loves me and I don’t deserve it. But he does, and I must rejoice if I belong to him! The only other option is to cling to my own “righteous” anger, my self-hatred (read, PRIDE).
“This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Shift the focus. Today is not about me. It’s not about the ways I screwed up yesterday. It’s not about making up for past sins. It’s not even about trying to be perfect today. I am forgiven; and this is the day that the LORD has made, and that is enough reason for me to rejoice. Another day, another sunrise, another breath-full of air in my lungs and sweet kisses from the baby in my arms. Another day that I have a roof overhead, a husband who loves me, and above all, a Holy God who has forgiven the grievous debt I owed; who has paid it with his own life that I might be restored to him. I have abundant reasons to rejoice in today just because it is a new day that the Lord has made. Today, let us begin with rejoicing.