Today is a day for rejoicing! Why? Because a friend received good news from the doctor! Because I found something I had lost! Because God is here!
Is there ever a day that is not worthy of rejoicing — even on our darkest days there is reason to rejoice — to find joy in God!
I think the psalms always provide good words for rejoicing — today, the Bible opened to Psalm 40:
Surely, I wait for the LORD; who bends down to me and hears my cry, Draws me up from the pit of destruction, out of the muddy clay, Sets my feet upon rock, steadies my steps, And puts a new song in my mouth, a hymn to our God.
Many shall look on in fear and they shall trust in the LORD. Blessed the man who sets his security in the LORD, who turns not to the arrogant or to those who stray after falsehood.
You, yes you, O LORD, my God, have done many wondrous deeds! And in your plans for us there is none to equal you. Should I wish to declare or tell them, too many are they to recount. Sacrifice and offering you do not want; you opened my ears. Holocaust and sin-offering you do not request; so I said, “See; I come with an inscribed scroll written upon me. I delight to do your will, my God; your law is in my inner being!”
When I sing of your righteousness in a great assembly, See, I do not restrain my lips; as you, LORD, know. I do not conceal your righteousness within my heart; I speak of your loyalty and your salvation. I do not hide your mercy or faithfulness from a great assembly.
LORD, may you not withhold your compassion from me; May your mercy and your faithfulness continually protect me.
My God you have done wondrous things! And in your plans for us there is none equal to you! I wish everyone could know and see the comfort you offer, the plans you have, the goodness that comes from knowing you. The joy that only you can provide.
Unfortunately, today, I also learned of a man who jumped to his death, apparently a suicide, off a downtown building. It aches my heart to know that you were so close and he could not see. Help those who are hurting to find security in you. Help me to help those who are hurting to find security in you.
Thank you God for drawing me from the pit of destruction. Thank you for setting me on your firm rock. Help me to share your comfort with others, to rejoice in your goodness. Grant me your compassion and grant me compassion for others. Protect me O Lord. Help me to always know, even on my darkest day, that my security is in you.