Have there been tears shed 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. . Also, the alternation of “I” and “We” seems to indicate that it was written during the time that kings ruled over Israel. We have learned to love others beyond our own perceived limits of understanding and relating. We sing the chorus “This is the Day that the Lord has Made” often in our churches today as a call of worship. He also made the day Cain killed him. 21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. Confession is good for the soul some crazy monk said once! That’s what Pastor Kerry Nelson remarked last Tuesday when he was here. “This is the day…” God has many great “days.” What is “the day” God has in mind here? 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. It’s starts with “This is the day the Lord has made.” Who made it? 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. Rejoice, this is the day that the Lord has made! (Repeat). We were called to be a little weird perhaps, in a good Austin kind of way. Sorry! 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…. This is also the title of our closing song this morning, which is also based on verse 24. The proof of that vision of so long was is almost 150 graduates now serving Christ in the world. This is the day the Lord has made. Worthy Daily Devotional » Humility » Rejoice, this is the day that the Lord has made! The Jews call the Sabbath “the queen of days.” We still live in the transition of the current age and the age to come. 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! Here’s a simple outline of Psalm 118 for preaching, teaching, or personal study purposes. Jesus quotes another part of the Psalm in Matthew 21:45-6 and applies it to himself. For since the king was a godly king, then my guess is that it was written by or for King Hezekiah after the Lord had destroyed the Assyrian army before the gates of Jerusalem. Sitemap, Center for Writing and Creative Expression. The psalm it what is called a “thanksgiving psalm”. I was a senior in high school. 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. 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. Psalm 118:24. There is a mingling of three understandings. 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. This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 2. The [corner]stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps. Do not assume that you are in. Wow. The Day of Wrath in which Jesus bore our sins makes this other day possible. 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. Our learning has not been limited to the academic or theological. 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. I have every reason to believe that Psalm 118 would have been sung as the last of the praise songs. This is the Day the Lord Has Made! resurrection. 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. 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). 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. 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! This is something called solidarity. . You have to admit folks, the chapel is a little skewed, shall we say? They learned why folks become economic migrants much like our ancestors Abraham and Sarah. Yes, I have learned to love this chapel and the people who worship here! We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. If this is the time of the Assyrian siege, then it makes sense. Because we are in Christ, we have already suffered death in Him and Resurrection in Him. However, I am not saying that it is the correct situation. 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 … We are warned in the prophet Amos that this was to be a day of darkness and not light. " This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. " 24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. We know that the Lord heard and sent Isaiah with the news that the Lord was going to deliver them, and He did. 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. 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. The Segment . We have learned from so many in this place over the years as we have shared and experienced life together, through both good and difficult times. You might be feeling unloved, unrecognized, unimportant, unworthy, and all the various kinds of ‘UN……’. From the Speculum Ecclesiae of Honorius Augustodunensis (early 12th cen.). "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." I did my own wailing here last year near the wailing wall when we lamented the suspension of the M.Div. 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. This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Mark 14;29 says that Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. Exile followed and then a return of the remnant, but even the upticks on the health chart were small and short in duration. The many quotations in the New Testament from Psalm 118 do not name an author either. . “This is the day which the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalms 113-118 comprise a wonderful 6 psalm praise to God called the “Egyptian Hallel” (Hallel meaning praise in the Hebrew.) The Bible tells us that the spokesman of the Assyrians who spoke Hebrew taunted Hezekiah and the troops protecting the city. He noticed the chapel space was not exactly linear; it’s a little bit off-center, and it has this weird altar space that curves around against that wall that now Eliseo has made weirder by turning the altar around. Genesis 4:25 “…For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Power Point Show MP3 audio. Make your calling an election sure as the Bible admonishes us. September 14, 2020. Who owns the day? The city was surrounded by Sennacherib, the Assyrian army, and their client armies. But at any rate, the deliverance in the days of Hezekiah was short lived. The new criteria to be one of God’s chosen people is not heredity but faith. The trajectory went downhill from there for the most past. It was 1971. The pitiful Hezekiah who was so mocked and rejected in the nations was not established in their eyes. You have known and tasted this goodness here under this tent in the wilderness, while singing songs of praise in two languages! 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. In 1974 LSPS had only one or two students, that was it. Tags: Al Rodriguez, Christian formation, LSPS, Psalm 100, Sermons, SSW history, thanksgiving, ©2008- The Day of the LORD had come. In 1971, LSPS did not exist as a Master of divinity program of Wartburg seminary. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.” This of course is a quote from Psalm 118. 118:24). Intro. “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. 2. 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. We have also learned to forgive each other when our relating fell short because of our human frailties. This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made This is the day, this is the… 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. The poet Robert Frost once wrote with irony that “good fences make good neighbors.” What he meant by that was exactly the opposite! The king would line out the “I” and the people would respond with “we”. But as we noted Jesus clearly said otherwise. Jesus is taking the part of the king, but who are the people? He does! In this, He would fulfill the Old Testament prophecies about Him, Psalm 118 is a thanksgiving psalm. 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. You bet! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” By God, I’ll make joyful Christians out of you yet!! 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). A new era has commenced. Let me explain. Hezekiah was basically called a “fool” for trusting that Yahweh, the God of Israel would save him. Psalm 118:24 in all English translations. 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! This is the day, This is the day that the Lord hath made. Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities. Josiah would later do the opposite and fail. Such times required them to call out to the Lord in anguish for he was surrounded by the enemy of his soul. We know it because God crossed the border for you, the one that separated us from God, and not even the death of dream, not even the death of a man called Jesus, Jesucristo, could separate us from this love. Understanding this scenario, we hear the shout of triumph and thanksgiving in this psalm. Introduction: When we see a verse like this in the Bible, we want to ask ourselves, “Why did the Psalmist write it? The people waved palm branches thinking him to be the promised King. But perhaps by just looking at today we are missing this psalm’s profound meaning. I do not dissent to this as we should always see each day as a gift of God to be thankful for. A Sermon for Easter Day. The arrival of Christ on earth paved the way for us to be free, His gift of salvation … 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. Remember, in 1971 LSPS did not exist. Today is the day for your success. 22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. God is! We learned to tear them down for the sake of a grander vision of serving God in the world! 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. A sermon based on Psalm 118 Sunday, November 11, 2012 Psalm 118 was Luther's favorite Psalm. How’s that for keeping the church weird and off-center? Read full chapter. We can sing “This is the day that the LORD has made both forward and backward. The Lord! 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. Latest updates on campus operations and resources related to COVID-19 Learn More. 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. Do you really believe that? Topical Sermons . In it, we treat “this” as though it referred to today, that God has made this day as He makes every day special. And He made the day Seth was born to replace him. 1. Would the LORD deliver Israel from Rome the way He did from Sennacherib with a mighty and overt work of power? And he was, but He came as a Lamb. This has been a place where we have forged friendships, where we have seen students come and go over the years. There are a few clues which can give us some idea. So who wrote it, when, and for what occasion cannot be determined. 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. 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. 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. I have entitled my message this morning, “This is the Day the Lord has Made.” This title comes from verse 24 of our text. Jesus would sweat great drops of blood under the full moon in the garden. 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. 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. So the night is turned into day and lament into shouts of joyous thanks. A few years later, another idea was born. Psalm 100. We have learned to be community as we have learned to live and love together. But we must remember that on the third day, Jesus was raised alive. Psalm 118 has no title which tells us who wrote the psalm like many of the others. One must believe in their heard that God raised Jesus from the dead as well as confess that Jesus is LORD. 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! 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