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This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ PSALM 118:24

God Made This Day

What of those days of double shadows? Those days when hope is Hindenburged by crisis? You never leave the hospital bed or wheelchair. You wake up and bed down in the same prison cell or war zone. The cemetery dirt is still fresh, the pink slip still folded in your pocket, the other side of the bed still empty . . . who has a good day on these days? 

Most don’t . . . but couldn’t we try? Such days warrant an opportunity. A shot. A tryout. An audition. A swing at the plate. Doesn’t every day deserve a chance to be a good day?

After all, “this is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). The first word in the verse leaves us scratching our heads. 

“This is the day the LORD has made”? Perhaps holidays are the days the Lord has made. Wedding days are the days the Lord has made. Easter Sundays . . . super-sale Saturdays . . . vacation days . . . the first days of hunting season—these are the days the Lord has made. But “this is the day”? “This is the day” includes every day. Divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days. Sending-your-firstborn-off-to-college days. . . .

God made this day, ordained this hard hour, designed the details of this wrenching moment. He isn’t on holiday. He still holds the conductor’s baton, sits in the cockpit, and occupies the universe’s only throne. Each day emerges from God’s drawing room. Including this one.


Father God, you have planned every day of our lives. This includes the sad days, the discouraging days, and the desperate days. When it is difficult for us to find good in our day, may we remember that each of our days emerges from your drawing room. You ordain every hour and the details of every day . . . even the hard ones. Increase our faith, Father. Help us to live deeply and surely in your unfailing love. Give us hearts to praise you even on the dark days, amen.

Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! . . . For the LORD has comforted His people. 
~ ISAIAH 49:13 

 I am the LORD, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone. 
~ ISAIAH 44:24 

 The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us. 
~  PSALM 115:12

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