A Most Wonderful Day
One of my kids’ favorite bedtime stories, if given a name, would be The Most Wonderful Day. In this story that describes the joys of childhood, the kids’ day is filled with running through a sprinkler, playing baseball with their friends that show up unexpectedly, chasing fireflies in the evening, singing songs and cooking hot dogs and roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and watching shooting stars tumble down to earth.
What would your most wonderful day be like?
In the book of Psalms, we have the recipe given to us for a wonderful day.
"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For You make me glad by Your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of Your hands. How great are Your works, O LORD, how profound Your thoughts! The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand…." (Psalm 92:1-6)
Although we should always be prepared for the Lord to call us, as we begin each day, we trust we'll still be around at the end of the day. What happens in between our arising and our lying down depends on how we start in the morning and how we end in the evening.
Verses 1 and 2 describe a great day:
"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night…."
That's how we ought to live each day. When we wake up in the morning, we should start by remembering His lovingkindness. Don't wake up in a foul mood and say, "Oh, dear! Another day of drudgery!" Instead, wake up saying, "Today the Lord loves me, and His love and His kindness endure forever. God has my life in His hands, and He knows what is best for me. There is nothing for me to fear."
During the day offer praise and thanksgiving at every opportunity. "It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your name, O Most High." Find every reason you can to praise Him – even for the little things like finding that great parking place at Wal-Mart, hitting a home run in a baseball game, getting a letter that brought a smile to you or perhaps hearing some good news from a dear friend.
At the close of the day, meditate upon God's faithfulness, and in the morning look forward to His lovingkindness. Allow yourself during the day time to experience that lovingkindness.
And at the end of the day, we can look back and say, "God has been faithful. This has been a most wonderful day!"
No matter how difficult this day may have been for you, when you get to the end, you're going to be able to look back and say, "Great is Your faithfulness."
Each day comes with its own set of burdens, blessings and challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:34)
How you begin and end a day determines what kind of day you will have. You have the power to decide how you are going to feel. So begin your day with lovingkindness.
Praise God and give Him thanks often during the day, and in the evening, remember His faithfulness during the day.
What a great recipe for living a day at a time! What a great way to ensure that every day is the most wonderful day!
Remember The Most Wonderful Day story we talked about at the beginning of this devotional? I did leave out the ending of the story. The end has the kids’ praying to God and thanking Him for giving them the most wonderful, fun day.
So let’s all do as the psalmist suggests, and remember to pray to God for His blessings. As Paul wrote, "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing…." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)May the Lord bless you today and always with the most wonderful, fun day!