Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I was reminded of this verse recently during the three weeks that I helped critique speeches for our Public Speaking class. I saw the nervousness of the students making those speeches and saw the facial expression of …’I’ll be glad when this is over’ … and, if I am being honest, I think I might have felt the same way!
And again, when we were hit with an ice storm. It took a few days to clear the sidewalks, parking lots, and roads around the school and then we were hit with five inches of snow right after that! I don’t think Jared was rejoicing in the weather, but I know he was not complaining!
I truly believe that each day is a gift from the Lord, but do I rejoice in it; am I glad in it? What about when things get hard or difficult? Do I only rejoice and am glad on the “good” days? I have learned that this attitude of rejoicing and being glad is a choice of the “will” – I will or will not rejoice – I will or will not be glad. Oh, that I would choose more quickly to do what the Psalmist says!