Some Other Time (Psalm 118)

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it (PSALM 118:24 ESV).

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Every single day of our life is a day the Lord made whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, a hot day or cold day, a good day or bad day—it is a day the Lord has made.

Interestingly the word “made” is the same one that is used throughout the first two chapters of Genesis to describe how God “created” this world. When God created space, he also created time. God created the time we needed to live in his world. In other words, every single day you live is a God-given day.

God gives twenty-four hours a day to everyone. Rich people don’t get twenty five and poor people don’t get twenty-three. Every watch should remind us of what a precious gift time is. Every day is a gift wrapped up in the platinum of God’s love. Every second is a diamond. Every minute is an emerald. Every hour is a ruby. We should be thankful for every day called “today.”…

The psalmist isn’t talking about yesterday (“That was the day that the Lord made”). He isn’t talking about tomorrow (“That will be the day that the Lord will make”). Let me emphasize the present tense verbs in this verse: “This is the day that the Lord has made.”

The only day that is a gift from God is today. You can’t use yesterday; it is just a memory. You can’t use tomorrow; it is just a possibility. The only time we have to use is today.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms

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Ask a person on their deathbed about the value of time and they’ll give you a sobering response. Time matters. Years, months, weeks, and days are all measurements of the gift of time God has given us. Some of us are given more time than others. Even so, every life is precious to God, and every hour is an hour in which to enjoy God and to make a difference in someone else’s life.

God has tailor-made each day especially for us. Today is just such a day. It’s a special day because it came to us hand-fashioned by God, so we should use it prayerfully and wisely.

When you reach that final day on your deathbed, how will you look back and evaluate the gift of time you’ve been given? Your answer is determined, in part, by today.

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James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.