Whenever I was about nine or ten years old, I can remember singing in the shower. But I was not singing any random melody, nor was I any longer in the shower. In my mind, I was the starting first baseman for the MLB All-Star Game and the first ever player to start in the game and sing the National Anthem. Me, in my pinstripes, blaring my golden pipes just as the F-16 flyover rumbled overhead.
Recently one morning when ironing my clothes and drinking my coffee, I found myself spontaneously singing, “This is the day the Lord has made…I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Perhaps a tune you are familiar with. It’s a great song with great theological truth rooted in Psalm 118. Singing theology is a great way to start any day. It honors God and it blesses you.
On this particular day, however, the happiness I felt singing that song did not last long. Oh, no. During the course of the rest of my morning, I had to juggle fixing and serving the boys’ breakfast while simultaneously preparing their lunch. It was a battle of wills to get the oldest son to finish his breakfast. It was a test of mettle as our youngest son threw his breakfast on the floor multiple times. Medicine had to be given. Clothes had to be changed. Clothes had to be changed again. A dirty diaper had to be tended to. Teeth brushed, hair combed (and “special stuff” (gel) applied to our oldest). The dog had to be let outside. It literally felt like a circus. We were only missing the juggling bears.
How quickly I changed from a heart of worship to a heart of frustration. Often, that change happens even faster whenever we lose sight of our identity. Peter writes much of this in 1 Peter 2:9-11. There is a war which wages against our identity. Satan and the sin of this world wants us to hold the perspective that if bad things happen, God does not love me. Or when bad things do happen it is understandable to abandon all reason and spiritual maturity. You were once not a people. We once had no hope whenever things went poorly. We were once hopeless whenever we had a bad day.
Now, however, as a royal priesthood, we can know our God is with us in our present and we will be with Him in our future – no matter what kind of day we are having.
The passage concludes by encouraging us to keep our conduct honorable among those who are not Christians (v. 12). Do you see your “bad days” as an opportunity to sin or rejoice? A bad day is an opportunity to keep your cool in front of your children. It is an opportunity to testify to a co-worker who knows you are having a bad day, yet are still a man or woman of joy. How can this be? Because even in the difficult, bad days of life, you know this is day the Lord has made and you will rejoice as one of His children.