This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)
I’m not sure why, but mornings have always been a bit of a trial for me. I remember our principal at Bible School telling us that the Christian can bounce out of bed in the morning quoting the verse above and looking forward to another day. But that hasn’t been my experience. So this post is very much aimed at me.
You are welcome to read along, while I remind myself of some reasons that it is good to be alive this morning. Add some of your own reasons.
So, why should I rejoice and be glad on this morning?
- I’m a child of God. Remember how mornings felt before you met Jesus?
- I’m healthy enough to be able to get out of bed. I can remember days that this wasn’t the case.
- I have a family that I love, and who loves me. Lot’s of people in this world find family to be their greatest trial.
- I have godly friends. But I’ve discovered that lots of people in this world don’t have friends. At least not real ones that they can depend on to stand with them when they need them.
- I’ve got a church that cares about me.
- I have a job, food to eat, and a warm place to sleep. That is not the norm in the world today.
This song summarizes what I am trying to say.
I thank the Lord my Maker
For all His gifts to me;
For making me partaker
Of bounties rich and free;
For father and for mother,
Who gave me clothes and food,
For sister and for brother,
And all the kind and good
I thank the Lord my Saviour
Who came for me to do die,
And bless me with his favor,
And fit me for the sky,—
That all my sins out-blotted,
By Jesus washed away,
I may be found unspotted
When comes the final day.
I thank Lord for giving
The Spirit of His grace,
That I may serve him living,
And dying, reach the place
Where Jesus in His glory
I shall forever see,
And tell the wondrous story
Of all His love for me.
You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.