Today is a good day! Why? Because God made it! In Psalm 117 King David uses two little verses to proclaim that all people have every reason to praise the Lord for the great merciful kindness He shows them. God’s mercy is an undeniably great motivator and reason to praise God. His mercy is a result of Who He is, God is love ~ and it is you and I, all mankind, that He loves. In the next chapter, Psalm 118, King David spends twenty~nine verses doing just what he encouraged and exhorted all people to do; he praises God for His everlasting mercy. The word “mercy” in the Old Testament is the Hebrew word “chesed”. In the New Testament we see that word as “grace”, in the Greek “charis”. Both words speak of the kindness, tenderness, unfailing love, underserved blessing and unmerited favor that God gives as a gift to us. The Greek word “charis” comes for the same root “chara” which means “joy” and “to rejoice”. When talking to the church at Philippi, Paul encouraged the Philippians to keep their focus on Jesus. The fruit of keeping our focus on Jesus is joy. So when he tells them in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things., he knows this is how they will be able to do what he tells them a few verses earlier in Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Today is a good day! Those of us that believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and walk with Him have a rich inheritance that we will enjoy in Heaven and can enjoy here on earth.The world is getting darker and darker and it will continue to do so, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” Proverbs 4:18
Those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, good news, virtuous and praiseworthy are of God and in His Word. Take some time today and just ponder the love, mercy and grace of God. Grab your Bible and cup of whatever you would visit with a friend over, and spend some time with the Lord! You will be so glad you did!
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24
Have a great, good day!