All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them down. . .
They swarmed around me like bees,
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
. . . I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the LORD helped me.
The LORD is my strength and my defense
He has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” . . .
The LORD has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
Psalms 118:10-15, 24
Einstein once said that there are only two ways to live one's life: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle. That's sort of where this Psalm begins. The Psalmist believes life is a gift. In Psalm 118 we meet someone who has all but signed his death warrant. Then . . . deliverance . . . the Psalmist is spared because of God's grace and intervention. So from the depths of His soul the Psalmist cries with a sense of existential wonder, "This is the day that the Lord has made."
The day has been made by God. Reformed theologian John Calvin believed that God was so intimately involved in our lives that nothing was left to chance. Calvin believed that every breath was given by God, every heartbeat prompted by God, and every rotation of the earth encouraged by God. Considering God's intimate involvement, Calvin concurred that our only response can be gratitude. Therefore, the Psalmist is accurate to reply, "I will be glad and rejoice in it."
Reflect & Discuss
"This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made." Can you hear the song? Do you wake each day with gratitude? Do you utter thanks or complaints? Reflect on ways to be more grateful. Share with us 5 things you are grateful for today.
Lord help me to be more grateful and to show my gratitude each day.