[09/08/2020]

This Is The Day – Ps Kerrin Wallis

Episode Notes

There is a lot that can happen in a day!

  • The world can change in a day
    • Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 – edge of nuclear war
    • World Trade Centres
    • Corona Virus
  • The destiny of a person can change in a day
    • Turn of events
    • The right idea
    • An encounter with God
  • Life or death can happen in a day
  • A day, 24 hours, wow what a difference it can make!

We often talk about good days and bad days, because I am going to guess most of us have had our fair share of both.

Psalm 118 says:

This is the day, that the Lord has made – and there are lots of things happening today!

 I want us to consider how to look at and interpret life so that we can follow what the Psalmist says following that, “This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it…”

But in order to rejoice today, we have to get our “what’s” – right!

The great part is we can know that David, who wrote this, didn’t always have great days, in fact he certainly had some days that were not so good!

He had a problem – a Boss and a King!

  • A guy he had served, risked his life for and would come in to play music to help!
  • Then one day that king decides David should die and so throws a spear at him!
    • Now I have had a lot of fun throwing things around worksites and offices
    • Fire-crackers – they were always fun
    • Lollies for people to catch and enjoy
    • Thrown bits of rubbish in small office skirmishes
    • But I never have seen a spear thrown to kill someone – that’s kind of serious problems there

David on other occasions:

  • Had huge family issues including massive rejection
  • Sin problems that became public
  • Faced death of loved ones
  • Faced being physically hunted and chased down living on the run
  • Got in a situation at one point where the only way out was to literally fake madness!
  • Now that’s a corner where you are so trapped the only option is to dribble and yell and fake madness – not a common way to face the day

So, we know this guy hasn’t lived a peachy, comfortable life and yet he can say:

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it…”

He could do this because despite the externals, he seems to have formed some very good personal convictions about God and life and they are spelled out here in Psalm 118!

Let’s take a look!

We can say ‘this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice’ when our ‘what’s’ are correct.

1. What is our confidence in?

Psalm 118:1-12, 13-14 (NIV)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron now say,
“His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord now say,
“His mercy endures forever.” I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

……

13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the Lord helped me.14 The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

If you were to summarise this passage the most appropriate words would be:

Have confidence in God!

Trust and confidence is so important and particularly where we place it.

The Bible is filled with clear instruction that God is where we are to put our confidence and all other things have a big note saying – Unsafe – Do not use!

But just like me we refuse to listen and we roll the dice thinking, “Surely it can’t mean that!”

We put our confidence in:

  • Money and our pay packet
  • What others think
  • Our own selves
  • Power or position
  • Relationships
  • For some its routine and forms of control over life
  • Others it’s a lifestyle or health or image

But none of these are unshakeable!

  • Surely the fact we are all wearing face masks and living through a pandemic started by some wrong food in the back end of a Chinese market ought to suggest we may need to re-think our confidence

Psalm 20:7 (NIV) puts it like this…

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

The thing we learn from David is that if you want to rejoice in every day then you must have your confidence in something that never fails – God!

Can I encourage every person listening to this that our confidence ought to be in God?

It doesn’t mean we don’t:

  • Live with wisdom
  • Plan for good outcomes
  • Work hard in life
  • Or make great life decisions

But it does mean that when those things fail, we can still rejoice in God, because He never fails!

That is why regardless of the day – we can say:

  • This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it!

We can say this ‘this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice’ when our ‘what’s’ are correct!

2.  What is the company we keep?

Psalm 118:15-17 (NKJV)

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. 16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

Psalm 118:15-17 (NIV)

15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

A lot of how we see today is affected by the noise around our lives!

We all know this!

  • If you want to have a party and celebrate and enjoy the night – you are not putting on some sad, melancholy music, you go to a party playlist!
    • Why because it sets the mood!
  • If at the breakfast table someone is cranky and irritable – it doesn’t send you into your car excited about the day – but frustration gradually spreads across the whole family

Well if we want to face today and rejoice, we must put the sounds of rejoicing, salvation, joy and victory around us!

Notice that is what happens in the tents of the righteous,

The tents of the unrighteousness are not mentioned so we don’t know that sound, but I can tell you the sound that is not predominant in the tents of the righteous:

  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Loss
  • Doubt
  • Failure

They might get a mention now and then, but the sounds that are overwhelmingly  heard are the ones in the Psalms – rejoicing, salvation, victory and joy!

What tents do we live around – go to – visit – sit in?

We are free to choose but our choice determines our outlook and therefore our confession and ultimately our result.

That’s why I love Church! The tents of the righteous! Even when I don’t feel like victory, I can be surrounded by others who choose it and it helps me to rejoice again.

Church let me encourage you to find people, songs, reading, podcasts, friends that help you rejoice!

If the predominant sound from a tent (whatever that represents to each of us – relationship, group of people, friends, influencers, things we watch listen to or read) isn’t this, then just be wary of the tent – it may not be a righteous one!

We can say this ‘this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice’ when our ‘what’s’ are correct!

But it’s this next one that really is like the double encouragement!

3. What do we do when we make mistakes?

I don’t know about you, but this is one I can definitely identify with!

Man have I made some mistakes:

  • For one I sold an FJ45 Landcruiser in fantastic condition
  • Then the sale of every other land cruiser in my life has also proved over time a mistake
  • I once bleached my hair with peroxide and then washed it out in the shower only to burn not only my entire scalp which later fell out – but broke out in a red rash
  • More than once I have gambled on the deep fried food sitting in the heating tray of a service station – it’s worth the roll of the dice
  • I wore shirts with mustard collars and a tie to church thinking it was cool
  • And Tegan seems to think the days of my mullet were a mistake, but I felt it was flawless in taste and style

Psalm 118:18 (NKJV)

18 The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

 In other words:

  • I have made mistakes and even paid dearly for them!
  • I have messed up, caused problems, created brokenness and mess!

And haven’t we all!

I know I only used silly mistakes (except selling the Cruisers – that is downright unforgiveable and I pay often)

  • But in life haven’t we all done things that we regret??

I am sure there are:

  • Relationships we have damaged, lost or broken
  • Financial mistakes and messes we wish we could change
  • Situations where we reacted wrongly or responded terribly
  • Things we have said, done, not done

But listen to the end!

Psalm 118:18 (NKJV)

18 The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise You, For You have answered me, and have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes.

I have made mistakes… but open to me the gates of righteousness I will go through them!!!

Wow! To know we have messed up, but God’s love, grace and forgiveness are bigger!

It sounds a lot like Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

It is really hard to praise God while we sit staring at our past mistakes and failures.

But it is hard not to praise God when I stare at Jesus who forgave me for it all.

This is the confidence that we can have that whatever has been has been – but my future is:

  • Blessed
  • Sure
  • Filled with God’s goodness
  • Has strength and breakthrough
  • Is for more

Because we open up the gates of blessing, inheritance, favour, provision, breakthrough for the righteous and they are mine!

Psalm 18:25 (NKJV)

25 Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Psalm 18:25 (NIV)

25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!

Now you don’t say ‘Save me if everything is perfect’ – so clearly stuff is up and life isn’t roses … but He doesn’t let that stop and David goes on to say:

  • Grant us success!

Too any Christians stop at save me and never move onto the fruit of that:

  • Send now prosperity and grant us success!

Can I encourage you, regardless of yesterday, we can still see the goodness of God!

Believe Him for:

  • Blessing
  • Favour
  • Increase
  • Breakthrough
  • Good things!

That brings me to the verse itself.

Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

I want to make one last point!

This is the day the Lord has made! We will rejoice in it!

  • Not yesterday is the day the Lord has made
  • Not when COVID is finished is the day the Lord has made
  • Not the weekend or holidays is the day the Lord has made

But today! Learn to choose praise today!

Sadly, many are letting their praise dim and their focus shift, but I hope this message is a reminder that God made today!

  • Nothing has caught Him by surprise!
  • Nothing is too big for our God
  • He made today and it is our choice to rejoice!

Just like David we could all choose other focuses and therefore not praise, but why would anybody want to choose that when they can say:

This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it!

Let’s look at the what’s in our life and get them aligned with God’s Word.

  • What is our confidence in?
  • What is the company we keep?
  • What do we do when we make mistakes?

 Suggestions for discussion

  1. It can be hard to look at things that are going on around you today and say: “This is the day that the Lord has made”. Discuss how you are able to do this, or the difficulties you have doing it.
  2. What ‘tents’ do you spend your time in? If things are negative around you, can you change them?
  3. See the goodness of God around you today and praise Him for it. Remember this is the day that the Lord has made!