I remember this old man that used to live in my parent’s old neighborhood. He was always walking around the neighborhood with his white poodle dog and chatting with all the neighbors. Some seemed to enjoy his company and some were annoyed by it. As a young kid growing up, I wasn’t very observant of a lot of things, but there was something I did notice about this man. He walked around with this daily joy that most people did not have. I think this man has since passed, and I’m not sure if he was a believer in Christ, but he did say something extremely profound that was the key to his joy. He would say to my dad “Les, everyday is a holiday.” Here’s the thing, it sure as heck doesn’t seem like it sometimes, but what if we actually looked at our lives in the same way as this old man did? Instead of waiting till the holidays that only comes so many times per year to celebrate, what if we actually treated everyday as a celebration? What if we treated everyday as a gift from God? A day that was worthy of celebration and praise.
This is why I love the book of Psalms so much. It is probably my favorite book in the Bible because it teaches you how to celebrate God. God commands us to praise him; it’s not as if he needs it but we need it. God wants you to look at everyday worthy of celebration and praise of him (Psalm 118:24). In the Psalms, you will find laments and praises. And isn’t this what our lives are filled with? It is filled with good times and bad times. Of course we love the good occasions that life brings us, but what do we do during the bad times? The Psalms give us the answer. It commands us to praise God. Praise and celebrating God will change you in the midst of your situation and sometimes even change your situation. If we take the time to look at God’s infinite value, we will see that he is worth celebrating every single day for the rest of our lives. He is infinite in essence. It’s why a man like Moses can see all the miracles that he did while leading the Israelites and still ask God to see more of his glory (Exodus 33:18). There is no end to him, there is always more to discover and more getting to know him.
So as you get your day started, do not look at this day as just another day. This is a day that was created from God and is worth celebrating. If your day is going bad, let me suggest that you praise God. Whether it be through song, prayer, meditation or whatever works best for you. Meditate on this Psalm as you begin your day and look for the glory in it. As the sun rises each morning, it is pointing towards the grandeur, love and faithfulness of God. I hope and pray you have a great holiday today!