This month we’ve been learning about gratitude together. Its presence, its power, and its effect.
King David wrote Psalm 118, so some of these lines are written with his perspective on events in his life. But, as many theologians have agreed before us, the key reference here is Christ. Lindsey wrote on Tuesday about how Psalm 118:19-21 prophesized about Christ opening the relationship between Savior and believer. Psalm 118:22-25 expands on that thought:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!”
– Psalm 118:22-25
That Savior was not just ignored or unwanted – He was rejected. But, now He’s the cornerstone, the aligning, adjoining piece in the foundation of our faith. (Psalm 118:22)
Psalm 118:23 says this is “marvelous in our eyes.” Why is it marvelous? Because He is here for lasting love. And because this is “the Lord’s doing.” God did this. And because God did this, we can rejoice (Psalm 118:24).
In fact, because God made this day (this salvation day, the Sabbath day, and every other day), we can rejoice any day.
Psalm 118:25 takes an interesting turn. Suddenly the psalmist is praying for salvation and guidance.
Realizing that He is our Savior, that this is God’s plan, and that we can rejoice spurs prayer.
This knowledge (with open eyes) leads to gratitude (and open hearts) and prayer (and open to be filled).
Gratitude spurs action, particularly prayer and praise and love. All of those actions affect us and everyone else we encounter.
On this day (and everyday), we can see His work.
On this day (and everyday), we can rejoice.
On this day (and everyday), we can pray.
On this day (and everyday), we can praise.
On this day (and everyday), we can love.
What can you do to share love on this day?