I’ve been thinking about the Sunday School song, “This is the day.” It’s a simple little song which goes, “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 ….” When I was a child, I must have sung that little song a thousand times. I would always look out the window and especially if it was a nice sunny day I would think how nice a day it was that the Lord made.
What I never understood until I was much older is that the words from that song come directly from Scripture. They are found in Psalm 118. I’ll quote the relevant verses in context:
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
It’s a nice thing to think about each day being in the hands of the Lord and even a gift from Him. But the song I sang in Sunday School wasn’t about every day. It was about a specific day.
Acts 4:8-12 (in regard to questions about a miraculous healing of a lame man)
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
That Sunday School song is about the day when the “stone which the builders refused became the head stone of the corner.” This is the day that the Lord has made! The day when the Lord Jesus Christ triumphantly rose from the grave. We will be glad and rejoice in it! The most important day in all human history; the day when salvation was won for all who would trust in the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
See also 1 Peter 2:3-8, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17