Reading: Psalm 118: 21-29
The passage for today opens with thanks for answered prayers and for the gift of salvation. A couple of verses later the author writes, “This is the dsy the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. When we are in a personal relationship with the Lord, we know we are saved for eternity and our view of the world and life is much different than the view held by those living without God.
Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God is a constant presence to us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. On good days we can joyously lift our praises to God. The light and love of God easily flows out of us and into the lives of those around us. We live with a constant sense of verse 27: “The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us”. We daily enter his gates with praise.
Then we have times that are a struggle. We feel as if nothing is going our way. In these times we may not feel like joyfully singing praises, but we do have a definite sense that God is still near, always remaining present. We know our salvation is still secure because nothing in the world can take that away. It is a different way to walk through a trial. Without God it is indeed a hard road to travel through the storms of life.
God’s constant presence throughout all of life, in both the good and the bad, is a gift worth sharing. In verse 26 we are reminded that those who come in the name of the Lord are blessed. God goes with us, blessing us as we go. A bit later in the passage we read, “I will exalt you”. In our day to day lives we exalt God by living like Jesus lived, loving others as a humble servant. When we live this way, we live as a witness to the true cornerstone. In this way others see the light too and begin to see a life for themselves is possible, one built upon the Rock. Christ to all, Christ in all!