Let Us Rejoice!

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

It is a new day!  “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24).  These words from Psalm 118 have long been used to celebrate Easter, and we use it frequently to call the congregation to worship on a Sunday morning.  It represents our Easter proclamation that God has risen Christ from the dead.  Therefore, “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1).  In its Jewish context, Psalm 118 was most likely used at the Passover festival as an entrance liturgy to the Temple.  The basic proclamation is that God’s love is steadfast and endures forever.  For Jews, it is a reminder how God was faithful and loving in delivering them from Egypt and later from Exile.  For us, who just gathered on Easter morning, it gives voice to the joy of God’s enduring love embodied in Christ’s resurrection.  In the words of Biblical scholar, Richard Clifford, “His (Christ’s) rescue from death is a new exodus and a fresh sign that God’s steadfast love endures forever… His exaltation means our own.”  What difference will this Easter celebrations make to our lives?  Will others see in us that we are overjoyed by God’s enduring love of giving us new life in Christ?

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