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It's a New Day

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks, an ordained minister of Christian education, holds an M.A in Christian education and an M.Div. in Divinity.

“This is the day the Lord has made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.” --- Psalm 118:24

This is the Day

It was God's command for all to rejoice and be glad in the day He has made when the psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made: we will rejoice and be glad in it."

We hear this scripture in prayers all the time. That is a very good verse, but it might be overused especially when it always become part of a person's prayer without really focusing on all that it means.

When the psalmist said, “This is the day” he might have been talking about the 24 hours then and there, or he could have been talking about a specific time period which includes more than the current 24 hours.

To say “this is the day” could be talking about a time period, an era, or a time that continues beyond the 24 hours. It could be the present time, but it doesn't have to be. Then the verse says, “that the Lord has made.” This part of the verse lets us know that we had nothing to do with making the sun rise and the stars disappear from our sight. We had no control over making the day. It was all God’s doing. God made the day. The day was not made BY man, but this day was made FOR man to do two things: To rejoice and to be glad.

Rejoice

Don’t think it is redundant to say rejoice and be glad because while they are closely akin to each other, they are different. For instance, to rejoice is to be very happy, to be delighted and to feel joy. To rejoice over something is to be happy about it. To rejoice is to open our heart to let good things in and the bad things out. To rejoice is to be satisfied, to be content and to be at peace about what is happening with you, what is happening to you, what is happening through you, what is happening for you and what is happening in you.

Be glad
Not only are we to rejoice, but the scripture tells us to be glad in it. To be glad means to be pleased and to be gratified. Rejoice with your heart. Be glad with your face. Rejoice in secret. Be glad in public. Rejoice on the inside. Be glad on the outside. Every day is a day to do both. Every day is a day to rejoice. Every day is a day to be glad.

When the psalmist penned this verse, he was aware that a new era had begun. It was the beginning of better times. It was the dawn of a new day. It was a new time.
While it is good to say this is the day, know that the day is not limited to these 24 hours.

We could say this verse 365 days a year and it will still be appropriate.

We can say this verse 365 days a year and it will still be appropriate.

Examples of Those Who Rejoiced

Throughout the Bible, we read about people who rejoiced and were glad when certain things happened. As far back as Genesis, we read that Abram was glad when he finally had a son after waiting for 25 years. When Isaac was born it was a new day for Abram in his old age. Abram rejoiced and was glad.

It was a new day when Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea on dry ground. Moses and the Israelites rejoiced and were glad. The Israelites were delivered from being slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. It was a new day and a new time. Miriam picked up her tambourine and all the women followed her in dancing and singing. Why? Because they were rejoicing and being glad.

It was a new day and a new time when Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land and the manna ceased and they were able to plant gardens and build houses. They rejoiced and they were glad.

It was a new day and a new time when Nehemiah finished building the walls of Jerusalem that had been in ruins for many years.

It was a new day and a new time when Joseph was reunited with his brothers who had sold him into slavery in Egypt. There was rejoicing and being glad when Jacob, his father, discovered that the son he thought was dead was alive. It was a new day when David killed Goliath who had been taunting his brothers for days until David killed the giant.

It was a new day when the ark of the covenant finally made it into Jerusalem. It was such a happy occasion that David danced before the Lord with all his might as he rejoiced and was glad.

Evidence of a New Day

All these things were evidence of a new day in biblical times, but we have seen new days in our own times. We saw a new day when the nation voted in our first Black president. We had witnessed the dawn of a new day when slaves were set free and we were allowed to vote. We experienced a new day when we have the freedom to serve God without being put in prison. Life is not all that we want from it, but we have to admit that we are not where we used to be.

This is the day... This is the time period...This is the season...This is the era...This is the time for us to rejoice and to be glad in it because the God who made the day is in charge of it. He made the day for us to rejoice, and He made the day for us to be glad in it.

You might have been in the wilderness. That was the past. But now you are standing on the brink of greatness as you prepare to go into the promised land, the land filled with milk and honey. As you step over into a brand new era, know that God is going into it with you. However, as the scripture says you have to participate in it as well.

Now is the time to take an inventory to see how you fit into this new day. You can do so by repositioning yourselves and repurposing yourselves for what is to come next. In other words, you will have the opportunity use the gifts God has given you to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Day Jesus Rejoiced

It was a new day and new time when the long awaited Messiah came after Israel had looked forward to His arrival. It was a new day when Jesus was born and taught His disciples.

It looked like it was not going to be a new day when Jesus died on the cross, when He was mocked, and pierced in His hands and feet and in His side. It didn’t look like a brand new day when they put a crown of thorns on His head. That was on Friday.

The new day came on that third day when Jesus rose from the dead with all power. It became a new day for all believers. That was the beginning of great things to come. Before Jesus ascended, He promised He would send another Comforter. It was a new day when the Holy Spirit came as promised after just 10 days.

It was a new day when the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost as Jesus had promised.

Conclusion and Life Application

It is God who has placed you where you need to be at such a time as this.
God wants you to continue to be steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, but you know your work is not in vain.

It will be a new day when Jesus returns for a church without a spot or wrinkle. When Jesus returns to choose you as that church because you have been faithful. You waited and didn’t give up. You waited upon the Lord and you did not faint.

It will be a new day when we see Jesus face to face. It will be a good day when we all get to heaven and stand on the streets paved with gold. It will be a new day when we see God on His throne with Jesus sitting on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

It will be a new day when we all get to heaven and receive our crowns for the work we have done here on earth.

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