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“This is the day the Lord has made” #1239

21 I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:21–24, NKJV)

We often hear verse 24 quoted and applied to the the first day of the week, the Lord’s day of worship. Without question, the Lord set the first day for assembled worship (Acts 20:7). Yet, the thanksgiving of this passage transcends the day of our weekly assemblies. It speaks of a day that evokes rejoicing and praise every day, including the first day of the week. “We will rejoice and be glad” in the day of God’s marvelous work of salvation, that He accomplished when He set Christ as the chief cornerstone of His temple, the church. The great day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection declared Him to be the Son of God, the very truth upon which He built His church (Romans 1:4; Matthew 16:18). His ascension, and exaltation at God’s right hand, declares the power to save us is in Him, and Him alone (Acts 2:32-36; 4:10-12). God made the day of salvation. It is accomplished in Jesus Christ. That day is marvelous in our eyes. Let us rejoice, and be glad in the day “the Lord has made.”

God’s Measure of a Person #864

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10  but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. (James 1:9–10, NKJV)

A person’s life is not measured or defined in God’s sight by “the abundance of the things he possesses” (Lk. 12:15). Yet, so many do this very thing, looking down on those of humble means while giving undue esteem to the wealthy. Power in the material world is often defined by possesses: “He who has the money makes the rules.” It is not so in the kingdom of God. Those of lowly estate are exalted to set in “the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). And, the wealthy saint is transformed in humble faith to value Christ as greater riches than this world’s passing treasures. Life is transitory, fading away like the flowers of the field. Measure yourself by God’s enduring standard of truth, live by faith, and do not measure yourself with the soon to perish values of the world.