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Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Psalm 118:24 KJV This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
“This is the day” (Les Garrett)
This is the day, this is the day.
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made.
I found myself singing that song the other day after studying and writing about Genesis 1. And then my thoughts turned from this catchy little tune to something a bit deeper…
Did you realize that each and every piece of this day was made by God? From the separating of light from darkness in Genesis 1:3-5 to the placing of every particle of creation in its proper place, space, time, and orientation to every other particle, photon, and piece of that spoken into being.
Every second crafted. Every atom coordinated. Every place collected.
Every time planned. Every particle placed. Every photon positioned.
All of this done in the fullness of the One Who holds all things together then and now (see Colossians 1:15-20).
All made from nothing into the beauty that shows us everything we can know about our Good God (see Romans 1:18-20).
Creation wasn’t just a one-time event there in Genesis but is in vibrant action now. For this day, today, has been formed for His glory and the good of His people. Not just a cut-out from yesterday’s pattern or a model of tomorrow’s hoped-for plan. But a new creation – this day. Today.
Willow wisps of thoughts like that bring wonder to my mind and worship to my heart which overflow in songs from my lips – oh yes! This is the day the Lord hath made; [I] will rejoice in it.
God made everything good in Genesis and sustains and remakes it in His glorious goodness yet today. And He gives me opportunity to rejoice in Him and return praise to Him which is the only thing I can begin to try and make good on any day, much less today.
Our Good God gives you the same opportunity to make something good today – your praise for and rejoicing in Him – what’s stopping you from doing exactly that right now? (If you happen to know the song listed above, that would be a great start for realigning your heart into a position of worship with the rest of creation. No worries if you don’t know the song, reading the verses listed above out loud is another great avenue to praise. In fact, it’s even better if you look up the entire chapters and read them aloud in prayer with someone else joining you on the path to joy!)
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Written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2022.