This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
On Christmas morning after all the gifts had been opened, our sunroom was full of children’s treasures. At one point, Sugar Plum surveyed the room, taking in the newness of the dolls, dollhouses, games, clothes, and craft kits. Shortly thereafter, she ran over and gave me an enormous hug and as she squeezed me she exclaimed, “Mommy, this is the best day ever!”
The next day as our family was en route to a fun Christmas gathering, from the back of the van Sugar Plum once again announced, “This is the best day ever!” After JT and I exchanged a knowing glance, he looked into the rearview mirror, caught Sugar Plum’s eye and said, “Today is the best day ever? Hmmm, I thought that was yesterday!” Without a thought, Sugar Plum offered a huge smile and cheerily informed us that “every day is my best day!”
Even in their simplicity, the words of a child often carry more wisdom than the words of an adult! A child’s naturally happy disposition and positive outlook makes it easy for the little one to view the world as a place of joy, happiness, and splendor. God desires that all of us, no matter what our age, adopt this joyful attitude daily. In Psalm 118:24, David reminds us of the importance of making each day our best day.
Some may wonder if it is possible for us to rejoice when the day brings disaster, discouragement, or doubt. Yes, it is possible and a little book of the Bible shows us why we can rejoice in the midst of sadness. Throughout its five short chapters, the book of Lamentations provides a sobering and gruesome account of what the Jews witnessed and felt as their city, Jerusalem, was destroyed by the Babylonians (2 Kings 25).
Lamentations describes how the citizens of Jerusalem watched in horror as people were slaughtered and starved to death. Furthermore, it notes the Jews’ deep devastation as they witnessed the looting and burning of the temple. Yet even in the midst of these horrific circumstances, the author of Lamentations offers a ray of hope in the middle of the book. The book’s most memorable verses, Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Every day can be our best day when we recognize that God’s love prevents us from becoming completely overtaken. Each new day provides fresh mercy from God and that is why we can rejoice! We are the King’s kids and we have the privileges that come from having a deep and true relationship with Him. We can rejoice because He showers us with love, faithfulness, patience, gives us direct and immediate access to Him through prayer, and offers us the promise of eternal bliss in Heaven with Him. Isn’t that more than enough reason to jump for joy like a happy little child?
As a new decade begins, let’s embrace this new year God’s way by adjusting our attitudes and altering our prayers so that we can see the blessings in each new day the Lord provides. My heart’s desire is that each of us will take time to renew our commitment to the Lord and rejoice all 365 days of the coming year. Happy New Year everyone!
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