L. A. Marzulli
Psalm 118: 24-25 This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
I say these two lines of scripture every morning when I awaken. It is usually my first thought of the day. The first line acknowledges who made the day. It echoes the Genesis creation account, where El Elyon – The Most High God – spoke everything into existence. You remember how the earth was in darkness and then He said: Let there be light! I believe in this literally, as He spoke, and it happened. It was not the process of Darwinian evolution. He made the day, and now who knows how many years later, the rotation of our planet around our sun, brings about both day and night as we float somewhere in the vast reaches of space!
we will rejoice and be glad in it. We have a choice upon awakening each day. We can look at our problems, cares, worries and the things of the world which so easily distract us, or we can rejoice and be glad for another day of life, for who amongst us can add one day to our life? We don’t know when our time here is up and He calls us home. So we should take this admonition to heart and rejoice and be glad! He made this universe, set the planets in motion, created us from the dust of the ground and breathed life into us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made! We should celebrate each day that we are given and live it to the fullest.
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
This verse is usually not tied to the preceding verse, however it should be said in conjunction with it because it also sets the tone for our day! We ask Him to save us! Save us from sin that is always crouching at the door. Save us from the snares of the Fallen One. Save us from what is coming on the world. Save us from ourselves, the feelings, thoughts, and emotions that can overwhelm us. Jesus came to save us, to set us free from the bondage of sin. He can break the yoke of slavery to sin, and all we need to do is ask Him, for He is mighty to save.
The next few words, send now prosperity, should not be confused with the bozos on TV who try to get us to send them our $1000 seed faith offering. We all want to prosper, to be successful in what we endeavor to do. Who amongst us wants to fail? When we go to Him and ask Him to send prosperity we are asking Him to oversee the work of our hands, no matter what that is. We should learn to invite Him into our work place, into the very heart of whatever it is we do, for in the end success comes from the Lord!
In closing todays Bun: This verse can set the tone of our day, as it can override our thoughts and emotions and remind us who it is that we serve and who is in control. By saying this verse it sets our minds on Him and keeps our flesh in check. In this way, as we wash our minds with His word, our spirit is nurtured and we can rejoice and be glad for: this is the day that the Lord has made!