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New Life Daily Devotion - Aug. 28, 2009

  • 2009 Aug 28

 This Is His Day 

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today! 
Psalm 118:24 NCV

God gives us this day; He fills it to the brim with possibilities, and He challenges us to use it for His purposes. The 118th Psalm reminds us that today, like every other day, is a cause for celebration. The day is presented to us fresh and clean at midnight, free of charge, but we must beware: Today is a non-renewable resource—once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Our responsibility, of course, is to use this day in the service of God’s will and according to His commandments.

Today, treasure the time that God has given you. Give Him the glory and the praise and the thanksgiving that He deserves. And search for the hidden possibilities that God has placed along your path. This day is a priceless gift from God, so use it joyfully and encourage others to do likewise. After all, this is the day the Lord has made.

Some of us seem so anxious about avoiding hell that we forget to celebrate our journey toward heaven. 
Philip Yancey

All our life is a celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We sing while we work . . . we pray while we carry out all life’s other occupations. 
St. Clement of Alexandria

The church is the last place on earth to be solemn . . . provided you have lived right. 
Sam Jones

Celebration is possible only through the deep realization that life and death are never found completely separate. Celebration can really come about only where fear and love, joy and sorrow, tear and smiles can exist together. 
Henri Nouwen

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, You have given me so many blessings, and as a way of saying “Thank You,” I will celebrate. I will be a joyful Christian, Lord, quick to smile and slow to frown. And, I will share my joy with my family, with my friends, and with my neighbors, this day and every day. Amen. 


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