This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it…Who doesn’t know this song’s lyrics? Easy to sing but very difficult to put into practice as many people do not know or understand how to live in today. They spend their times regretting the past and being anxious about the future. As a result, “ Today” is never lived. The Bible clearly teaches about this concept of living in today: today is the day of salvation, Today has its own troubles. We are exhorted to live in today.
To live a life of joy means that we have to be willing to let the past rest; we can change nothing. And we also have to stop fretting about the future, it belongs to God. Instead we have to look Today in the face with all its many possibilities and be fully present to engage with them.
Our Lord Jesus Christ lived a life of joy because he was present and keenly aware of its various movements. When he saw a crowd that was “ like sheep without a shepherd, he was filled with compassion and began to teach them. When he walked through nature he did not miss the beauty of the flowers or the grass but appreciated it enough to derive lessons from it. When he saw what was lacking for Jerusalem to be saved, he wept. When His disciples returned with good news of their evangelistic venture he rejoiced. And in his darkness moment he was still able to see through His Father’s eyes: Not my will but Your will be done.
To live a life of joy we must make the choice once and for all to “ live in today”. Like a flower in full bloom we must open our petals and smile at the sun. A flower never worries about its yesterday as a bud bud, or its future death, but lives fully in today. Joy is very much like that: a human fully alive, looking to his creator for everything for the day. This is the day that the Lord has made rejoice and be glad in it.