This is the day, a Reflection on Psalm 118:24-29
I often used to begin the worship service by quoting the first part of 24, "This is the day the Lord has made," and the congregation would immediately respond, "let us rejoice and be glad in it."
The "us" is important. Everyone in that congregation had known some kind of pain or rejection. Yet, they could rejoice.
But, even in that rejoicing over what had been overcome, we still need the strength and support that God gives us. This is the day. Every day is this day.
We wouldn't need victory if we didn't already know rejection, but our lives have both. As we look toward Easter, we don't have to pretend that our lives haven't had and don't have grave difficulties. But, in Easter, as well as the rest of the year, we can remember and be thankful what the Lord has done and continues to do for us.