Lent Devotional: Psalm 118:22-29

by Jonathan Haefs

Psalm 118:22-29 (click here)
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:22-24)

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

That is a verse I have heard quoted my entire life. It is a verse I have often quoted to myself. It is a general truth we remind ourselves of constantly by applying it equally to every day alike.

It’s not incorrect to do so. Each day of our life has been written by the Lord in his book even before we were born (Psalm 139:16). Yet, in Psalm 118 there is a very specific day being spoken of that calls for our rejoicing in what God has done.

It is a day upon which the rejected stone became the cornerstone.

This is a day crafted by God before time began. It is the center-point of history. It is the day when evil is turned upside down and death itself loses its grip as life conquers the grave.

It’s the day believers of old looked forward to, and the day upon which we now look back. It is a 24 hour period that has become the fountainhead of eternal rejoicing!

It is the day of the resurrection of the Son of God.

Jesus was rejected much like a builder would reject a stone as unfit for a building. Yet, through this very rejection, God made Christ the cornerstone of our faith! Through his crucifixion God brought about resurrection. Now, through faith in Christ alone comes salvation!

Oh how marvelous is this Gospel in our eyes!

This day of resurrection, this day of victory, this day when death died and life won forevermore through Christ alone…THIS IS THE DAY that the LORD has made… let us rejoice and be glad in it…FOREVER!

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