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Rejoicing in the day of the Lord

If you grew up in a traditional denomination as I did, you may be familiar with the following song:

This is the day, this is the day.
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made.

When this is sung in church, mostly it is taken to mean that the day of gathering to worship or the blessing of another day of life is the day the Lord made and we should rejoice. However, it also has other meanings. The song is taken directly from Psalm 118 and if we examine the context, it’s a prophetic psalm about the Lord Jesus and the benefits we receive as his saints. Here’s what it says:

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:

20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Messianically speaking, the day which the Lord hath made refers to the day when the Lord Jesus became the head corner stone to join believing Jews and Gentiles together in one body at his resurrection after he was the stone that the builders rejected when they crucified him. He is still the rejected stone of unbelievers, but he is the precious stone to us saints (1 Peter 2:6-8). Therefore, he has become our salvation and our gate of righteousness, making us righteous enough to enter the gates of the New Jerusalem in the future, as prophesied in Revelation 22:14.

All of this is the Lord’s doing, so we should see it as marvelous. Being that he accomplished all of those marvelous things for us, the day that the Lord has made for us to rejoice and be glad in also refers to the day he saved us and/or the day he sparks religious revivals with prosperity. Additionally, it speaks of this whole New Testament era where the gospel is readily available so that whosoever will, let them come.

Overall, the day which the Lord has made for us to rejoice over and be glad about is the day/era where we can have fellowship with God, his saints, and experience his spiritual peace along with his blessings. Those are things to rejoice over today and every day until forever and ever, amen.

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