It looked like it was going to be an all-day dreary event, and I was already too sullen and crabby. Several years ago, Larry and I had been hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail and on day number four, we woke up greeted with a cold, rainy, dreary, day. It looked like it was going to be an all-day dreary event. As I put on my backpack, I was all set to be sullen and very crabby. Then Larry started our morning devotions with Psalm 118:24. He read, “This too is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
“This too is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Oh darn! Just when I was going to wallow in dripping self-pity, God told me that today was a gift and I should be happy in it! So I decided that I definitely needed an attitude adjustment. I started to count my blessings: I had the physical strength to walk the ups and downs of the Pacific Crest Trail. I was with my best friend. We had seen four days of majestic beauty. It was wet on the outside but dry on the inside. We had food and water. God still loved us and promised to be with us. Psalm 118:24 changed my day. Yes, even when the day is dark and dreary, even when we are sad, discouraged, and suffering – Psalm 118:24 can remind us that we have reasons to rejoice. For our God is faithful and has promised to be with us. Let Psalm 118:24 change your day. I really like the following prayer for it reminds us of God’s promises: God hath not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our life through; God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love. Thank you Lord for this day and the promises you give to us.