The proof awaits you at this table waiting to be set to feed you as familia. Psalms 113-18 were collected into a group of praise songs called the “Hallel” or praise songs used for the annual pilgrimage to the Temple at Passover. We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. A Sermon for Easter Day. By the time of Jesus, the Psalms had long been assembled into the form we have today. And Jesus was on the road of sorrows that would lead Him to the cross on the next day. The city was surrounded by Sennacherib, the Assyrian army, and their client armies. You have to admit folks, the chapel is a little skewed, shall we say? The psalm it what is called a “thanksgiving psalm”. He does! He would be despised and rejected. When I first came here to interview with the former director, Augie Wenzell, back in the summer of 1988, I didn’t think I was going to like it here! I have entitled my message this morning, “This is the Day the Lord has Made.” This title comes from verse 24 of our text. This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it! Worthy Daily Devotional » Humility » Rejoice, this is the day that the Lord has made! He had been delivered from far greater a danger than Hezekiah could ever have imagined. And as pilgrims coming from the feast would find it inconvenient to bring one, they would come early to purchase one at the Temple market which had already been certified by the priests. Psalms 118:24 Context. TODAY, the whole Christian Church on earth declares with the Psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Do you really believe that? I first came here as a student in 1988 convinced that I would not like this place, and here I am 22 years later as a professor and director, little knowing then that I would come to love this place and the people who make it what it is. I did my own wailing here last year near the wailing wall when we lamented the suspension of the M.Div. But in 1974 someone had a good idea that a Lutheran seminary program was needed here to teach students about Hispanic ministry in cross-cultural contexts. Besides the coming to the Temple at the head of a thankful procession, they would bring sacrifices of thanksgiving which they would bind with chords to the altar. One must believe in their heard that God raised Jesus from the dead as well as confess that Jesus is LORD. Verse 24. But we also know as we sing in anticipation of our final ascent to the heavenly Jerusalem, we know that one day we will sing it without limitations in God’s Kingdom. This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made This is the day, this is the… And who can deny not feeling the power of the Spirit moving among us – gathering us, sending us, equipping us to share God’s love in the world. The Day of Wrath in which Jesus bore our sins makes this other day possible. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psa. . I once heard Pastor Sandi Wilcox preach a sermon here on Jacob wrestling with an angel and how we too in our own wrestling with God may end up “walking funny”, after we have been blessed by God. Psalm 118:24 in all English translations. 21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. “This is the day…” God has many great “days.” What is “the day” God has in mind here? My explanation started to make sense to Pastor Kerry and I told him that if the place seemed skewed, off-center, it was because as missioners of Christ we were called to be a little off-center ourselves in our way of relating with the world outside. After all, he hadn’t saved Israel or all the cities of Judah. The Bible also says that whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities. Let me explain. They learned why folks become economic migrants much like our ancestors Abraham and Sarah. This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. We learned from her community of faith that it takes community to make it in this life; that we cannot make it on our own, and that accepting that truth can be the most liberating good news to a people who find value in relating to others in community. This is the day the Lord has made. the day. You sound like you do, but I want to convince you of it by recapping some of the events of the past 35 years or so that LSPS has been a part of this community. How sweet our time has been as we have learned to live together under a tent in the wilderness, in this chapel where we have tasted the abundant life. If this is the time of the Assyrian siege, then it makes sense. No kings ruled between Zedekiah at the time of the exile and a temporary restoration in 160BC by the Maccabees. You have almost convinced me that you mean it so I’m going to give you a little more time to think about it and I’m going to offer some reflections to take you just over the top of your confession! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 2. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The preacher declares, “THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.” And the congregation replies, “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps.118:24). Introduction: When we see a verse like this in the Bible, we want to ask ourselves, “Why did the Psalmist write it? The Lord! So convince me once again of your confession of faith by saying with me:  “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”  Amen. A bishop and a few friends got together and convinced someone to donate $50.000.00 for this mission start and they convinced Wartburg Seminary to do it. So we do live out Jesus’s sufferings in a way when we are rejected by others for our faith. So let’s review what else we’ve learned by being a little off – center in this place over the years. 2020 Seminary of the Southwest. Her ministry is one of restoring health and dignity to a people and we couldn’t help but catch her vision for what is possible when faith and Spirit meet. We have learned that folks from different parts of the world can come together and become “familia“, family of faith and a community of love and support for each other. The [corner]stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. That’s what Pastor Kerry Nelson remarked last Tuesday when he was here. Lately the Lord has been showing me the extreme value of simply living in the DAY He has … We learned from her friend, Doctora Mendoza of Juárez, Mexico that when the Spirit sends you on a mission, nothing can stop the missioner, not even the threat of death by unseen forces because the Spirit gives courage and faith. We still live in the transition of the current age and the age to come. There are a few clues which can give us some idea. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Let us see. The sun would refuse to shine as darkness came over the land at high noon. Jesus would sweat great drops of blood under the full moon in the garden. I told him that this wall represented the “wailing wall” of Jerusalem, and the chapel was supposed to represent a tent in the wilderness; in fact, those glass doors can slide open just to prove the point. In this, He would fulfill the Old Testament prophecies about Him, Psalm 118 is a thanksgiving psalm. We have been gathered here from the four corners of the world with folks coming here from Slovakia, Africa, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, the British Isles and I’m sure other places as well as we became one people, worshipping and learning together. This is the day which the Lord hath made — Or, sanctified, as a season never to be forgotten. Now I want all of you to turn to Psalm 100 and I want us to say it together and say it like you mean it, with a loud voice and your lungs full of joyful air! Psalms 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd” Psalms 23:4 “I will fear no evil” Psalms 46:10 “ Be still, and know that I am God ” Psalms 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made” Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord” Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him” Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart” Proverbs 22:6 “Train up … You have known and tasted this goodness here under this tent in the wilderness, while singing songs of praise in two languages! The Day of the LORD, that is the Day of Wrath and Vengeance of our God, still lies ahead of those who do not believe on Jesus Christ. This is something called solidarity. This is today’ sermon at TF. We have learned to cross denominational barriers and national borders in our quest to be faithful and in the process we became partners in ministry, visionaries, one learning from the other and becoming the richer for it. ~ Psalm 118:24 The Psalmist in Psalm 118 is writing at a time in their life where they are facing challenging situations. He suffered death that we might be freed form God’s wrath and live for Him. . For the completed manuscript, click here.. Scripture: Psalm 118:24: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. And even when the blessing has been delayed, as it has been for some of you, we have learned not to despair because as you have confessed to me this morning:  “The Lord is Good and his steadfast Love endures forever!”   Say it with me! A few years later, another idea was born. Our learning has not been limited to the academic or theological. Dave Wood This Is The Day Lord Has Made I have heard the sounds of mariachis in this place and who can forget how we sang “De colores” at the beginning of the academic year. The text indicates that the king and his people had been delivered from certain catastrophe by the hand of the Lord. We love to hear the children in the Churches wave their palm branches in our churches on Palm Sunday singing “Hosanna! I have every reason to believe that Psalm 118 would have been sung as the last of the praise songs. But we must remember that on the third day, Jesus was raised alive. There is a mingling of three understandings. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it: “This is the day the Lord has made…. Josiah would later do the opposite and fail. Jesus says that we have only this one day, and we must not be anxious for the day tomorrow. The LORD God Almighty made the day Able was born. I want to address this to whoever may be hearing or reading this sermon. Make your calling an election sure as the Bible admonishes us. And so in tearing them down “whiskeypalians” became friends with border-crossing Lutherans and the rest, as they say, is a 36 year history of “life together” as the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer would say. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Hezekiah was basically called a “fool” for trusting that Yahweh, the God of Israel would save him. The arrival of Christ on earth paved the way for us to be free, His gift of salvation … The cross is right outside waiting for you to go and tell the story so that others might know something of what we have experienced in this place. Donors starting contributing to the vision and the dream that Texas could be a place where Lutheran students could study theology and become pastors became a reality. These would be sung throughout the Passover season. I was wearing bell bottoms and I had side burns down to here! Exile followed and then a return of the remnant, but even the upticks on the health chart were small and short in duration. We can sing “This is the day that the LORD has made both forward and backward. A sermon based on Psalm 118 Sunday, November 11, 2012 Psalm 118 was Luther's favorite Psalm. This has been a place where we have forged friendships, where we have seen students come and go over the years. Death could not hold its prey. Would the LORD deliver Israel from Rome the way He did from Sennacherib with a mighty and overt work of power? Those students learned to cross over their own comfort zones as they struggled to learn Spanish in Mexico and relate to a people who appeared to have so much less and yet shared so much with them. Many of you wept with us, and we wept with you when 14 Episcopal staff members were let go last December in order to keep the seminary sustainable; we prayed with them and for them and through it all we learned that God is faithful even in the darkest moments of our lives. We sing the chorus “This is the Day that the Lord has Made” often in our churches today as a call of worship. But perhaps by just looking at today we are missing this psalm’s profound meaning. In it, we treat “this” as though it referred to today, that God has made this day as He makes every day special. We have learned to be community as we have learned to live and love together. Do not assume that you are in. 25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Did you know that Psalm 118 is the center chapter of the Bible? This is the day, This is the day that the Lord hath made. Have there been tears shed in this place? program, but that did not last for long because the community was there to support us. Such times required them to call out to the Lord in anguish for he was surrounded by the enemy of his soul. Text: Nehemiah 8:11-12 10 Nehemiah said, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep…go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord, and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.. . Jesus has a nasty surprise. Hezekiah had not put his trust in princes but in the LORD. We continue to learn together that God can take death and turn it into life and God can sustain us through the power of the Spirit working faith in us so that we might say with the psalmist:  ” The Lord is God, It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.”   Ok, so sheep are not that smart, but God is patient with us, even when we are tempted to despair when prayers are not answered as institutionally quickly as we would like. resurrection. If we remember that the Psalm is about the deliverance of the king and his people. 118:24. We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. Confession is good for the soul some crazy monk said once! Benson Commentary Psalm 118:24-25. The Day of the LORD had come. This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. The first professor of LSPS, Hilmer Krause, accepted a call to serve as a homiletics professor here at SSW and behold LSPS found a home here on this campus, and good neighbors became friends and mission partners became visionaries as we together fulfilled the call to common mission even before the wider church thought about it! I do not dissent to this as we should always see each day as a gift of God to be thankful for. May the LORD grant you repentance unto life. You bet! “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps. Psalm 117. USB Handbook on the Book of Psalms - This is the day which the Lord has made is the literal form of the Hebrew; the meaning is well represented by NEB, “This is the day on which the Lord has acted” (also SPCL). “Of the day on which Christ arose from the dead, it may, with more propriety than of any other day, be affirmed, this is the day which Jehovah hath made. Remember, in 1971 LSPS did not exist. Yes he was. “This is the day the Lord has made. The people waved palm branches thinking him to be the promised King. This is the day the Lord has made. The wrath has been poured out on our King who bore our iniquities on the cross. The King is alive! The Dead Sea Scrolls show familiarity to the Psalm which means that it was not the latter time as well. You might be feeling unloved, unrecognized, unimportant, unworthy, and all the various kinds of ‘UN……’. In the Ancient Near East, the King represented all of his people. So the night is turned into day and lament into shouts of joyous thanks. Oh, how good the Lord has been to us, how merciful, how gracious, how loving that God has made us for Godself and has spoken to us in the language of our hearts! “This is the day the Lord has made. TEV has “the day of the Lord’s victory,” since the whole psalm celebrates Yahweh’s victory over the enemies of Israel. " This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. " And he was, but He came as a Lamb. Jesus quotes another part of the Psalm in Matthew 21:45-6 and applies it to himself. We walk funny because we walk to the beat of a different drummer. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”  Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it:   “This is the day the Lord has made…. (Ps 117[118].24) Dear friends, the Lord has made all days in his majesty, but this one he chose in his loving kindness before all of them, as a joy for both angels and humans. We would assume that His people were the Jewish people, so why does Jesus hurl “the stone the builders rejected is become the chief cornerstone” against them and not Rome? Mark Moore and Mel Antonio, two students who graduated last year told us of their experience of sacred space while eating in a humble home in Cuernavaca in a ravine so close to the river below that they could hear it as they went to bed at night. The many quotations in the New Testament from Psalm 118 do not name an author either. The new criteria to be one of God’s chosen people is not heredity but faith. So now we can hear Jesus cry out the first line of the thanksgiving to which we can reply “for the mercy of the LORD endures forever!”. The proof of that vision of so long was is almost 150 graduates now serving Christ in the world. So he brought me here to show me the chapel to impress me, and then I knew for sure that I wasn’t going to like it. Sitemap, Center for Writing and Creative Expression. All rights reserved. It wasn’t Hezekiah’s doing, but the LORD’s. Wow. The lamb for the family at Passover had to be kept up beforehand. Jeremiah and Isaiah seem to allude to the themes of the Psalm. Power Point Show MP3 audio. The Psalmist goes on to refer to this day that the Lord has made, and many agree that this is a direct reference to Christ, especially within the framework of the verses given. 24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 100. Also, the alternation of “I” and “We” seems to indicate that it was written during the time that kings ruled over Israel. In 1974 LSPS had only one or two students, that was it. We know about the letter he spread before the Lord and the prayer he made. Here is the King who would deliver them, the Son of David. It was not much of a “house” by our standards, but it was joyful and full of hospitality. (Repeat). Latest updates on campus operations and resources related to COVID-19 Learn More. And so they did, and the vision flourished, and folks from all over Texas starting contributing funds to make it happen. The Bible tells us that the spokesman of the Assyrians who spoke Hebrew taunted Hezekiah and the troops protecting the city. The believer in Jesus never needs to fear the Day of the LORD because for us it has already come and passed. 2. 22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. Bible Gateway Recommends. On the day the lamb for Passover was to be selected, a buzz came from the Jericho Road. The day of David's enthronement was the beginning of better times for Israel; and in a far higher sense the day of our Lord's resurrection is a new day of God's own making, for it is the dawn of a blessed dispensation. But I have to confess something to you. Read full chapter. This is the day which the Lord hath made - As if it were a new day, made for this very occasion; a day which the writer of the psalm did not expect to see, and which seemed therefore to have been created out of the ordinary course, and added to the other days. From the Speculum Ecclesiae of Honorius Augustodunensis (early 12th cen.). The Segment . . He would be beaten with many stripes and fastened to the horns of a cross as the sacrifice for sin. God’s select Lamb who would take away the sin of the world was arriving. “This is the day the Lord has made. We have also learned to forgive each other when our relating fell short because of our human frailties. Who owns the day? September 14, 2020. The Jews call the Sabbath “the queen of days.” We learned from Pastor Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán in El Paso in one of our cultural encuentro trips to the border why she ministers to the people of the border – simply put – because the Spirit of God insists on being present with the poor and the homeless, with border crossers, and economic migrants, with folks who dream of seeing the promises of God made real in their lives. "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 69:32 (YLT) The humble have seen--they rejoice, Ye who seek God--and your heart liveth. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 ESV (p. 425) This Psalm is filled with instruction and theology. It was 1971. . This is the Day the Lord Has Made! It’s starts with “This is the day the Lord has made.” Who made it? This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. A new era has commenced. Understanding this scenario, we hear the shout of triumph and thanksgiving in this psalm. Problems or no problems today is day that the lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it. Some folks had a vision for what the Spirit might be able to do in Willie Nelson country if folks could only grasp the vision and help make it a reality. At least on the part of the Jewish leaders were concerned, this was saying that they were “not His people” but people of the surrounding nations. Because we are in Christ, we have already suffered death in Him and Resurrection in Him. The Lord’s Day . Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:21-26 This is the Day the Lord has Made . Sorry! Psalm 118 has no title which tells us who wrote the psalm like many of the others. We learned to tear them down for the sake of a grander vision of serving God in the world! Fences don’t make good neighbors! The day of wrath is past and joy will come in an eternal morning. The Day of the LORD had come. The pitiful Hezekiah who was so mocked and rejected in the nations was not established in their eyes. So now we find that the Psalm probably was written during the time of the Temple of Solomon. And Jesus was on the road of sorrows that would lead Him to the cross on the next day. This will be as Amos says a day of darkness and not light The Sons of Aaron and the Levites and the Pharisees of Jesus’ day would have thought themselves automatically included in the coming Kingdom. God is! The pilgrims would have sung this anyway, but know the Psalm had come alive to them. Tags: Al Rodriguez, Christian formation, LSPS, Psalm 100, Sermons, SSW history, thanksgiving, ©2008- Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”   By God,  I’ll make joyful Christians out of you yet!! . They had been translated into Greek for world wide distribution. 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