A New Day
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter into it.
21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, And have become my yeshu`ah.
22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.
23 This is the LORD's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!
25 Save us now, we beg you, LORD; LORD, we beg you, now send prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you.
29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, For his lovingkindness endures forever. - Psa 118:19-29 HNV
In a morning meeting I recently attended, the person who opened the gathering began by praying, “Lord, thanks for today. It is the beginning of a new day we have never seen before.” Although the idea seemed obvious, that prayer got me thinking about a couple of different things. First, because each day is a new opportunity, it will be filled with things we cannot anticipate or even prepare for. Therefore, it’s important that we recognize our limitations and lean heavily on God—intentionally choosing to live in His grace and strength rather than relying on our own resources.
The second thing that occurred to me is that the newness of each day is a gift worth celebrating. Perhaps this concept was what prompted the psalmist to declare, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24).
Of course, we face many unknowns today—and some could be difficult. But the treasure of each brand-new day is so special that Moses was led to write, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (90:12). Every new day is a precious gift. May we thankfully embrace each one with confident trust and humble celebration.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest. —Berg
Each new day gives us new reasons to praise the Lord.
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"Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai!"
"Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD!"