|W||Psalm 118:24 King James Version (KJV)
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 New International Version (NIV)
The Lord has done it this very day;
Psalm 118:24 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
This day belongs to the Lord!
|O||This Psalm puts everything about living into perspective. It is so relevant that I decided to look at the same verse from 3 different Bible versions. I highlighted key words to stress the importance of actually living out Psalm 118:24. Not only for today, but EVERY DAY!
The King James Version tells us THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HATH MADE! We didn’t give the day to ourselves—God GAVE IT TO US! Since God gave us this day, it is a GIFT and we must treat it as such! Just the thought of receiving a gift, can brighten up anyone’s day! Knowing that today is a gift we must make a conscious choice to rejoice and be glad! Notice the verse says we will rejoice—we must decide to be joyful no matter what happens or comes our way!
The New International Version says the Lord HAS DONE IT! Which means that all of our needs for the day have already been met! The Lord has taken care of everything! There is no need to fret, worry, or be anxious about anything! God has already taken care of everything that concerns us! That is so encouraging!!!! And empowering! It is refreshing to know that God got us! Knowing this elicits praise and thanksgiving in my heart.
The Contemporary English Version makes a declarative statement: This day BELONGS TO THE LORD! If we know that the day is not our own, there is a way that we will conduct ourselves. There is an appropriate way to live this day— Maximizing our potential by taking EVERY opportunity to serve and live for God (I know this is very wordy…lol…but you get my point)! He desires for us to enjoy life! That’s why the scripture invites us to celebrate and be glad today!
|R||I woke up with this verse flowing through my spirit. It came to me after thoughts of this past weekend started to fill my mind. I always reflect on what went well and what could have gone better. If you are anything like me, you understand how hard it is to overlook the seven hundred things that were awesome by focusing on the three things that went horribly wrong.
But Jesus immediately started to deal with me about this negative way of thinking. He quietly whispered to me, “I took care of that. You keep dwelling on your faults when I took care of that for you. I was wounded for your transgressions, I was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of your peace was upon me; and by MY stripes YOU are healed (Isaiah 53:5)!”
Powerful, I tell you! Just powerful!
Then another scripture came to my mind, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).”
I am motivated to take my mind off of me, off of my past, and I don’t even have to worry about tomorrow! God got me! I need to live in the now! I am going to give God my best in the present!
I know many of us will be watching the solar eclipse today (I am SUPER excited about that), but God wants us to KEEP our eyes on him (Psalm 16:8—yesterday’s BibleGateway.com verse of the day). He has already made our paths straight. Everything we need, He has already provided. It is time to embrace His promises and live our best life!
In a previous post, I wrote about keeping your focus and eliminating distractions. Boy, oh boy, was I tested in that area this past weekend. Nevertheless, I stumbled upon this motivating YouTube video that tells us HOW to focus—practical ways to maximize your time. I am not sure what his spiritual beliefs are (YIKES…), but this guy’s testimony and message is awesome. Check it out!
Thank you for another beautiful day! Realizing that someone did not wake up and see this day, help me to enjoy every moment. I know today is a gift from you. May I treat it as such. Show me someone who I can help. Reveal ways that I can serve you and bring you glory!
In Jesus’ name,