Summary: To rejoice is a choice. People with far less are happier than we are. Why? Because they focus on enjoying today and don't fret about tomorrow. Jesus said to do that! We need to be grateful for what we have.
THIS IS THE DAY: REJOICE!
A. HUMOR: THE SOUR INTERVIEW
1. Some people have a knack for picking things. Hannah went to a citrus Farm and asked Henry, the manager, if there are any jobs available at the farm.
2. He told her that the only job available was for a part-time lemon picker. Hannah says the job would suit her well.
3. After Henry has asked her some questions about her education and previous jobs, he told her, "You’re really far too qualified for such a lowly position."
4. "But I would still like the job," said Hannah. "I would be very good at it." Henry asked, "Do you have any experience in picking lemons?"
5. "Well, actually, I do," replies Hannah. "I’ve been divorced three times."
6. That statement betrays a negative view of life that we need to beat. God wants us to be positive; people of hope and good expectation. That’s our direction tonight.
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps. 118:24.
1. We’re going to Look at what is this “Day,” the reasons we should rejoice, and that happiness is a state of mind.
2. The title of this message is, “This is the Day: Rejoice!”
I. THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE
A. THIS SPECIFIC DAY
1. Is this referring to a 24 hour period? Yes! Every day is a gift from God; a special creation. Each day is unique: in its sunrise & sunset, its temperature & its rain. It’s another day to live, breathe, and enjoy the wonders of God’s world.
2. Today, we can forget about the troubles of yesterday; they’re gone. God says, “Forget what happened in the past….I am going to do something new” Isa. 43:18-19, GW. Put yesterday behind you. You can’t change it.
3. We get a fresh new day today to start over with. Was yesterday a failure? Today can be a victory! God’s grace is new every morning. His provision was renewed this morning. “The Lord's mercies….are new every morning” Lam. 3:22-23. We have a new cup of blessing to drink today.
4. Also, we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow. The Lord Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Mt. 6:34.
B. A DAY AS A PERIOD OF TIME
1. Isaiah tells us (49:8) “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (Paul quotes in 2 Cor. 6:2).
Bible expositors refer to the period between the Law and the Judgment as the “Day of Grace.”
2. The Lord Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” John 9:4. He referred figuratively to Day as the period in which redemptive activity can still take place.
3. So, praise God, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” Next David said to “Rejoice in it!”
II. REASONS TO REJOICE THIS DAY
There are a multitude of things we ought to praise God for every day. What are some of those things? Let’s look at what David or the other psalm writers thanked God for.