“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”I shared this in service a few weeks back, but I wanted to share it in writing as well. The last part of this passage has always reminded me of an old song we used to sing in church. I knew way back then that this old song was from the Bible, but I have to say…I never knew where to find it in the Bible, or what preceded that “This is the day” verse.
The preceding verses in Psalm 118 clarify a few things; (1) what the specific “day” the Lord has made is, and (2) why this “day” gives us a reason to rejoice & be glad.
First, the specific day being talked about here, is the “day” JESUS was raised from the dead. You see, just a few days before that resurrection Sunday, the “stone” (being JESUS) was rejected on the cross, but GOD raised His son on the 3rd day to become the “cornerstone”…the “connecting stone”…the stone that “holds it all together”. This is the day, the specific “day” when JESUS beat death, and connected us-(or reconciled us)-back into a life-giving relationship with GOD. This is the day Psalm 118 is talking about.
And finally, because of this “day” we have a reason to rejoice & be glad…no matter how bad our present day is. Because of this day when JESUS beat death, we know a few things now; we know that JESUS is alive, we know that we are not alone, we know that we are “connected” to Him & to others because of Him, we know that He is able when we are not, we know that things can change for the better, and we know that if He can beat Death, then He can beat the death in our lives as well.
So friend, no matter how bad your present day is right now, I want to encourage you to remember the day JESUS rose from the grave. For this is the day that the Lord has made…(for YOU)…so that you can still find a reason to rejoice & be glad…even in the midst of the chaos…because this “day” reminds you that He sees, He loves you, and He is with you. Peace!