Choose This Day
By David Hulse, D.D.
"This is the day which the LORD hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24
What does this scripture mean to us? What hidden treasures will we find if we dare go past the surface of these words to the deep root of their meaning in our heart? Letís dig a little deeper and perhaps unearth a treasure we can extend into the world to empower others and ourselves who are willing to take the responsibility for this day.
"This is the day which the LORD hath madeÖ" Just who is the Lord in Psalms 118? Contemplate this. The "Lord" is not an entity beyond and separate from ourselves that we are victims to, but rather is our own God-given power to think and to choose. Therefore, what we choose makes our day what it is.
Letís begin our treasure hunt in Genesis where we are challenged with difference between the creation of man (Chapter 1) and the formation of man (Chapter 2). Genesis 1:26 says: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth". Nothing is mentioned here about the formation of anything. It isnít until the second chapter that we read, "And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground." What happened between these two chapters to shift the focus from creation to formation? The key is in chapter one when God gave his creation (man) dominion over all the earth. Dominion means lordship. Lord means having the dominion or power. So, it is man himself who becomes the LORD (of) God of this earth. It is man who is told to mulitiply. It is man who is told to name and nature things on the earth.
Therefore, when the Psalmist says, "The Lord has made this day," I have to realize it is with my god-given power to choose and create that I make my day. It is how I choose to see myself and others and how I walk through this earth that makes my day what it is. God created it, but I make it what it is going to be.
The scripture says, "Choose this day in whom you are going to serve".1. Will you serve life or serve death? Will you choose pain, suffering and sacrifice or choose blessing, celebration and prosperity?
Every morning we are given the option to be totally reborn in that moment with the realization that all we have is today; that yesterday is only a memory and tomorrow hasnít happened yet. I choose, today, to look past the veil of illusion of what appears to be happening to me. I choose not to see attack on me as attack, but rather as a call to be loved unconditionally and therefore do not render evil for evil. I choose to not make the idea of separation a reality for I know that at the deepest level, everything is connected. THIS DAY, I choose love rather than fear. I choose peace rather than war. I choose to see all of mankind as the family of God, rather than to see race, gender, culture, or anything else that separates me from others.
I choose life for I am the point of power. When God created me, He created me a point of his One power. I am a point of light for God is Light. I am a point of love for God is Love. I do not have to go outside of myself for the kingdom of heaven dwells within me. The kingdom of heaven is not meat or drink, but is peace, joy and right standing. The kingdom is the place where I stand in my mind to see all things through the eyes of God.
I can do this because I choose to let that same mind be in me which was in Christ Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God.2 The key word here is "WITH". The scripture does not say under God, but WITH God. Canít you hear Him say, "Come sit WITH me on the throne"?3 The throne is a symbol of power. In other words, "Come and share what I am. I want to share my love. I want to share my power. I want to share my blessing. I want to share my glory, but I cannot share my glory with another. I cannot share my glory with someone who sees himself as a Buddhist. I cannot share myself with someone who sees himself as a Hindu. I cannot share my glory with someone who sees himself as a Christian. I can only share my glory with those who see themselves as me. I am not your labels. I am not your perceptions of me. I am not your interpretations of me. I am not even the dead letter of me, but I am the Living Word and I have wrapped myself in flesh and bone in you.
There is a chorus we sing:
Iím the Living Word, wrapped in flesh and bone,
I am sealed with the
spirit of God.
Iím walking through this land, giving life to man,
Oh, Iím the
Living Word of God.
As we take hold of the words we sing or speak and find their deepest meanings in our hearts, we release a frequency that is at the level of where Christ is. We are here to invest the inner excellence and glory of Godís riches into the world today and words are a vehicle to move this inner energy or spirit out of ourselves. Someone needs the light right now. Someone is crying out for God right now. Maybe it is the God in you and me that needs to be released in order to touch the heart of someone who is in crisis. THIS DAY, let us choose to sing and speak from the heart and understand the reality of what we are extending into the world.
Peace & Blessings,
1 Joshua 24:15