This morning's verse during my time with the Lord was Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." There just seem to be some days when this declaration is impossible! All of us have experienced days of great hurt, pain, loss or trauma. I can remember visiting a family in the hospital following the loss of a loved one and someone walked in and declared this verse. As true as the verse is – that day in the hospital, the timing did not seem right.
I can't imagine the disciples singing "this is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made..." on that Shabbat following the horrific scene of Yeshua on the cross. I read yesterday a short line that declared "The distance in time between the worse day and the best day in history was three days." I understand what the author of that line meant, but I don't agree. And even though there may be times when it is not the right timing to joyfully decree that "this is the day the Lord has made, rejoice in it;" the verse is still declares the truth.
Good Friday and Resurrection Day – though divided by a day of great mourning and grief – are both
the greatest days in all of time. Embrace both of them and all the days in between. These are days of blessing. On this 14th day of seventy days of blessing: "Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
And if we are mourning, then know this: "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5b).
I am the coordinator of the Texas Apostolic Prayer Network and pastor of Prince of Peace Church in Arlington, Texas. I am married to Kay. We have three grown and married children and four grandchildren.