Read Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

                his steadfast love endures forever!

                Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Open to me the gates of righteousness,

                that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

This is the gate of the LORD;

                the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

                This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the LORD has made;

                let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Save us, we beseech you, O LORD!

                O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.

We bless you from the house of the LORD.

The LORD is God, and he has given us light.

Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;

                you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

                for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

From Rev. Richard Howard, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Morgantown

Have you ever awakened to a day that cries out for our need to offer praise to God? Some days are just so glorious they shout praise to God. Springtime and early summer seem to have their share of those days, when the sunshine spreads everywhere, the cool morning feels good on your skin, and the colors of the foliage and flowers seem overwhelming. These are days that give us the gift of hope. On these days, it feels good to be alive.

Some psalms were written for such days, especially Psalm 118. Some of the most quoted lines in Scripture come from this psalm of praise. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” And what about “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was done by the Lord, so is it not wonderful in our sight?” The words of this psalm are most appropriate as we approach the Easter season because of its praise imagery. As we reflect on the enormity of the gift of the Christ, may we look forward to the infusion of hope and joy we will receive once again on Easter morning.

 

May each and every day for the rest of our lives, O Lord,

truly be the day that You have made for us, that we may rejoice and be glad in it!

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