Some days it’s hard to wake up and be glad for another day.
We can find ourselves wondering what’s going to make this day any better than the last 5 sub-par days. We might be dreading that test we need to take, early workday, or hard conversation we know we can put off anymore.
On the other hand, some nights it can be hard to even get any sleep because of the expected excitement and joy of the next day. A new job or planned trip can leave us thrilled as we wait anxiously for the night to end so that we can begin the great day.
This morning, I woke up with loads of motivation and oomph to finish up a lot of school work and move ahead. I went to the community college near my house with books in tow to find that the power would be out until further notice.
Well, it’s still a great day so far. There were people talking outside the library where I set up my stuff, but it was easy to tune out the buzz. Then, an hour into my concentrated efforts, the worst happened. My laptop’s battery faded mid-sentence with no warning and no opportunity to save. In that instance my day wasn’t looking so great anymore and my motivation was rapidly waning.
In Psalm 118, the psalmist shows us that being happy and excited for a new day is not just a natural occurrence or even dependent on the circumstances. Instead, it is a decision.
“This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
He doesn’t say, this is the day that I get to quit my horrible job, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. Nor does he say this is the day that I have to muddle through another Monday so there will be very little rejoicing or gladness.
Nope! The psalmist decides to be glad and full of joy simply because the Lord decided he would get another day.
Surely, his life was not all peachy and easy. He went through hard times like the rest of us. Yet, disregarding his circumstances, he says the he WILL rejoice and be glad in it.
Our days may be full of excitement and a string of great times, or it might be marred by negative encounters with others, or stifled by unsaved documents. Through it all, O Souls, will we be able to say that we rejoiced and were glad in it just because God made it? It’s not easy, but it’s a decision that must be made, not a feeling we can hope arrives and sticks throughout our days.