Posted by: bshelley | July 10, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-psalm-118_24

Today’s Verse: Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. NASB

If we listen close enough and long enough to the news, we might get the idea that things are not going too well and get frustrated or depressed as a result. I was wondering this morning if there might not be some corollary to the verse about not being addicted to too much wine that would relate to watching the news. With the advent of cable news networks and talk radio, one can stay immersed in dire predictions of the pundits 24/7 if you so desire. That cannot be any more healthy for you than sitting too long at the table drinking. Both are depressants. Given, I am not proposing that we live in a news vacuum, but I need some “happy” news now and again which can’t be found anywhere on the airwaves or in the paper. The best source of good news for me is right here in the Bible, near God’s heart. How often do I leave my heavenly Father waiting with open arms until after my first cup of coffee or beyond before I even offer up a “good morning”? A friend called this morning and said that he was just “Glad to be looking down at the flowers rather than looking up at them.” Have you looked at the flowers this morning or the blue sky and expressed thanks for the beauty of the day? This particular Psalm is expressing thanks for the Lord’s saving grace. We are to rejoice because the “stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (v.22) We are to rejoice today and everyday simply because Jesus, the chief cornerstone, has been set in place. The days of rejoicing certainly came to much clarity at Calvary and the empty tomb! Maybe if we spent a little more time sitting down with God and a little less with the depressing news of the day, we too could “rejoice and be glad” in the “day which the Lord has made.”  We are indeed one day closer to salvation and eternity than we have ever been. That’s exciting for those in the Lord. Rejoice!



  1. Interesting post…on my sister’s BD who left earth 14 years ago, and entered into HIS presence. She was ‘JOY’ with skin on. (miss her.)
    Good reminder that there is so much to be thankful for, so much to rejoice in.
    Occasionally, if we wake up on the grumpy side of the bed here, we say to the other: “Did you say ‘GOOD morning Jesus??” It’s a good thing to keep at the front of our foggy mind in the wee hours of the mornin’!

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