A Confession…

by Michelle Acker on July 25, 2012

in Be Still,Soul,Thought Provoking

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

~Psalm 118:24

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

It’s a count-your-blessings kind of verse.


Be Glad.

Simple, right?

Why then, does it seem like such a cliche? If  I’m going to be honest, I have to confess that when I hear this verse, there is a tiny part of my brain that replies with a yawn:

‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Been there.

Done that.


Awful, isn’t it?  Why do I do that? Is it my own arrogance that I’ve already appreciated ‘enough’ about today?  After all, I got up and enjoyed the misty light of morning through the tall trees.  I stop and marvel at the wonder of my boys still sleeping peacefully, or the miracle of a butterfly landing in my garden.  I’ve even been known to drag a friend out of bed to witness the sunrise over the Atlantic with me. 😉 What is it that makes me feel like I’ve filled my quota for rejoicing and being glad?

As I write this post, I realize that while arrogance is definitely an issue, the bigger problem is that I consider this to be an “easy” verse.  It’s easy to rejoice in those beautiful moments I described above.  The  catch to this verse, however, is to rejoice and be glad ALL DAY, not just when it easily occurs to us.

Do we remember to rejoice and be glad:

  • when we’re sitting in horrendous bumper to bumper traffic with rude & impatient drivers all around?
  • when a glass of sticky juice gets spilled on the freshly mopped floor?
  • when we’re frustrated with  the never ending questions, chores, and struggles of parenthood?
  • when things simply aren’t going “our” way?

Do we remember then to rejoice and be glad?

Maybe if we did, life would be just a tiny bit less of a struggle.

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

~Psalm 118:24

Something to think about…


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