Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

Rejoice in The Day the Lord has made

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

22nd May 2011

One of the great verses in the Psalms says,

‘This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalm 118:24 NIV 1984).

Often we can apply this verse when we are moaning or complaining.

Is the weather too hot and sticky? Well “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Is it raining cats and dogs? Well “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Is it a boring day with nothing to do? Well “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

It’s certainly true that we should look beyond the minor irritations of life, stop complaining and be thankful that God has given us another day in which we can praise Him.

But what is this verse actually saying in its context?

Earlier the psalmist expresses his commitment to trust in God and not in any merely human help:

‘It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes’. (V.8-9)

He’ll do this even though he is surrounded by foes:

‘All the nations surrounded me…’ (V.10)

He then goes on to reveal that his foes include “the builders”:

‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone’ (V.22)

These were people with power within Israel. These builders were quite capable of rejecting certain “stones” while they built their walls, and in this case the very stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.

In the psalm, this capstone is almost certainly a reference to a Davidic king, perhaps to David himself. The men of power rejected him, but he became the capstone.

This wasn’t achieved by political skulduggery or clever manipulation. Far from it:

‘the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’. (V.23).

It is this great day, when the one rejected is exalted as the capstone, that the Lord has made and that we should rejoice in.

That is the sense of verse 24:

‘The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad’. (NIV 2010)

Of course the ultimate fulfilment of these verses is not David but Jesus. He was rejected by his own creatures, yet chosen of God, the Master Builder, to be the ultimate building-stone, and precious (Matthew 21:42; Rom. 9:32-33; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6–8).

The ultimate worth of this “stone” was declared by His resurrection from the dead:

‘then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”’ (Acts 4:10–12).

Now that is something to call forth our praise.

That is The Day the Lord has made.
That is The Day the Lord did it.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Have a good week rejoicing in the salvation of our God.

Pastor Barry

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