This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 ESV
The phrase “Seize The Day” or Capre Diem gained notoriety in the movie, “Dead Poet’s Society” with Robin Williams. Carpe Diem is an aphorism taken from a poem written in the Odes in 23 BC by the Latin poet Horace, Book 1, number 11. This saying has been used to encourage us to make the most out of every day or every opportunity.
The concept of “seizing the day” finds its origin in God’s word. The psalmist tells us that each day is God’s expression of His love and longing for us.
His Present. Every day is a gift. We usually hear this sentiment from someone who has experienced the fragility of life. The psalmist reminds us that each 24 hour segment of life is a gift . . . a present from The Lord specifically designed and created for each of us to experience, embrace and enjoy. Approaching each day with anticipation of God’s promise replaces any anxiety or problems. In another psalm, it reads, “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (Ps 130:6 ESV). What an amazing word picture . . . a lonely sentry waits for the arrival of a new morning. Bleak darkness is soon replaced with bright dawning. We can desire the same dawning with each new day. Every sunrise has God’s signature.
Our Praise. The psalmist gives us inspirational instruction, “let us rejoice and be glad”. Since God is the Creator of each new day, we have confidence that every situation is complete with hope. Paul writes, “. . . we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Rom 5:3-4 ESV). Our perspective changes when we praise God for His present of and presence in each day. Our rejoicing is internal and our gladness is external. When we rejoice, we will be glad. True appreciation always leads to trusting acceptance. Begin each day with praise for His present and His presence. They are His gift to each of us.
The Priority. I love the last two words in this verse . . . “in it”. In our realization that God has made each day, and in our rejoicing . . . we are to reside . . . live in the moment. No regrets from the past. No “what ifs”. We rejoice and are glad “in it”. Our days are short and our moments are sacred. When we live “in” the day, we approach it with intentionality and insight. Paul gives some motivational insight. He writes, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (Eph 5:15-16 NLT) Make the most out of every opportunity . . . big or small . . . make it a priority to be glad “in it”.
Trusting through trials . . . rejoicing or regretting . . . miracles or moaning . . . hoping or hurting . . . how shall we live each moment? How shall we seize each day? His present to us . . . our praise to Him . . . His priority in our lives.
That’s the “how” and it will define us . . . it will define our destiny.