“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
This verse (which is familiar to me mostly because of an upbeat tune I learned in church a long time ago) was on my mind this morning. And while I think we should rejoice in every day that we wake up, there’s something else at work here:
“This day” refers to when God saves His people.
This is a cry of salvation. It’s a heart full of praise after being delivered from one’s enemies. Our enemies are Satan, sin, and death itself, all of which met their match in Jesus of Nazareth, whose death and resurrection cast down the serpent, gave us a new heart and spirit (thereby giving us a new identity that is no longer defined or controlled by sin), and now calls us to come out of the grave, both today and someday.
This didn’t happen in our lifetime, but it is available to us right now. And that’s good news, no matter where you work or how far away we are from the weekend.