In Others’ Words: Declaring the Truth on Purpose
It has become habit to start my day off saying this verse out loud. Not just to myself — no. Just before my daughter heads out the door to school, my husband and I hug her and all three of us declare, “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
By saying this Scripture verse out loud, by saying it together, we are setting our hearts and minds on several different things. We’re focusing on:
- today — Now. And just today because, yes, today has enough worries of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
- the Lord — God created not only today, but also created each one of us. And we can trust Him with the circumstances we will face today
- joy and gladness — We might as well choose a positive attitude early on, right? We know our attitudes are going to take some hits as the day goes on, but we will start the day choosing to rejoice and be glad.
The fun thing is, this habit of declaring Psalm 118:24 has spilled over into other areas of my life. When my walking partner, Mary, and I finish our walks, one of us will say, “This is the day the Lord has made” and the other one of us will reply, “We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Sometimes we mean it with all our hearts … and sometimes we are reminding each other that we will choose to rejoice and be glad, despite the heaviness in our hearts.
In Your Words: What truth(s) do your declare to yourself on a daily basis? Are they intentional or accidental?
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