So, here I be — getting my sit on at Aspen Coffee Co. I decide to do something I’ve never done: Put my iTunes on shuffle.
Out of 3,920 songs (most of them downloaded illegally, I admit) — the shuffled song is: “Psalm 118” by Shane & Shane.
Not Sisqo’s “Thong Song” or Kelly Clarkson’s “Addicted” (Yea….I like KC)
The first line is “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever..”
Followed by the chorus “This is the day the Lord has made, i will rejoice and be glad in it…” (Repeat)
I’m a very musical guy — I play it, sing it, and air-drum to it. In other words, its a huge part of my life. With that said, however, I don’t really take time to dive into the lyrics. I’m more about the rhythm, bass drum patterns, drum fills, and guitar riffs.
This song “Psalm 118” by Shane & Shane reminded me of my Grandpa — Harris Barnes. My grandpa was an agricultural photographer and was a legend — and still is to many, many people. When he died in Aug. of 2006, he requested a song very similar to this be sang at his funeral. You may know it — It goes like this:
"This is the day, this is the day That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made. We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it."
Very simple lyrics, but very deep meaning. My grandpa, who was a very optimistic, outgoing, never-met-a-stranger kind of man, lived this way. He took advantage of the day God had given him, he rejoiced and was glad in it. Freakin’ love that guy, and miss him all the time!
Each day is a NEW day — a brand new day made for us by the Lord. How cool is it to see that as a gift rather than just another day filled with running around, exhaustion, and frustration. How cool is it that through God’s mercy, we are given another 24 hours for something new. He allows start-overs. How cool is it to think that while we are asleep, he is busy creating the gift of a brand new day for us. We are truly blessed — blessed enough that we have a creator that gives us something new ever morning.
So, I challenge myself — and you, to acknowledge that “This is the day that the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it — because His love endures a lot longer than my/your daily endeavors…