THE DAY Andy Hollifield 11-1-19
Psalms 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (ALL SCRIPTURE USED IS KJV)
Have you ever noticed those two little words? I never had until I heard it mentioned in church. Today is not just any day but “the day.” A particular day. Do you realize what a privilege you have at this particular minute? If you are reading this, you survived through the night and woke to face another day. You still have a sound mind and no doubt have plans for the day.
The verse goes on to explain another truth to us. Where did this day come from? This is “the day” the Lord has made. Do you realize what that is saying to you? God made this day and not only kept you through the night but gave you and I the privilege to wake up and get to enjoy “the day” he has made. Like I always say, “It is a privilege denied to many.” A lot of folks didn’t get to wake up this morning in our presence. Most of them were probably planning on it but for them, it didn’t happen. The plans they had made have gone by the wayside and have been left undone. But we got to live to see another one of his days. The writer goes on to say, “…We will rejoice and be glad in it.” God didn’t have to allow us to wake up in his world and be a part of his day. Why should we not rejoice and be glad?
Another verse I like is 2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted…” Do you realize that he is listening and paying attention to you? Psalms 18:6 says, “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God:” A lot of people try to do that who don’t even know the Lord. The next part gets better. “He heard my voice out of his temple…” My voice! From his throne, he heard something and according to Psalms 40:1 “he inclined unto me.” When he hears my voice he leans over close to listen to me. Why? Because I am one of his children and I know him and he knows me. Picture this for a second; God is sitting on his throne with everyone around his feet worshipping him and the angels crying “Holy, Holy, Holy” but over all of that praise he hears a faint, weak, distressed voice.” He doesn’t ask anyone who it is because he already knows. His immediate response is to say, “Hold on a minute. Andy needs something and he is pretty distressed. I need to talk to him a minute,” and he leans over and hears my cry and says, “What’s wrong son, what do you need?” He already knows the answer because he knows all things but he just wants me to confess my needy condition to him. A lot of our friends and family may shy away from us in our times of distress but the Lord never does.
Do you know what “succor” means? It means to bring aid. Not only does he hear us in our distress but in the day of salvation, when nothing else will do; he brings aid. He goes on to tell us that “…Now is the accepted time…” when he hears us and “…Now is the day of salvation.” The definition on BlueLetterBibleClassic.org says; “deliverance from the molestation of enemies.” GOD TO THE RESCUE! He is on time every time!
He has let you wake up in his world and even promised that even in your distress he will not only hear you but also bring aid. The Lord said he succored us. To “bring” aid, he has to come where we are. We have never been to a place that was too distressing for God to show up. It may be a little out of context but in Matthew 28:20 he did say “…Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Not just on mountain tops but especially when we are low. “To the end of the world.” If your world crumbles around you, he will be right there with you bringing you aid as only he can.
I know some who are reading this are facing trying times and carrying burdens that maybe no one knows about. You may have gotten good at hiding it behind a smile. You may even cry yourself to sleep at night. You don’t have to face it by yourself. God told Paul, “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” What you need is perfect strength and sufficient grace. Perfect means “without fault or shortcoming” and sufficient simply means “enough.” No matter what your load is, his grace is enough. Your strength may be gone but he is just getting started.
You may already know you have a rough day in-store but remember, this is “The day, which the Lord hath made…” You can rejoice and be glad because he allowed you to live to see it and he will never leave you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!