This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
This verse was my devotional verse for this morning, and it made me immediately think of a song written by Leslie Norman Garrett, This is the Day. Born in 1943 on the island of Matamata, New Zealand, Leslie graduated from Faith Bible School, and is currently a minister at the Christian Family Center in Maddington, Australia. He lectures at Hebron Bible College and has traveled widely, speaking at conventions and churches.
“This Is the Day” originally appeared in Mr. Garrett’s collection, Scripture in Song (1967). Since that time a number of stanzas have been added through oral tradition, including “This is the day when he rose again” and “This is the day that the Spirit comes.” The tune is Garrett’s arrangement of a Fiji folk tune.
The direct quotation of Psalm 118:24 places this praise song in good company with many other hymns and Christian pieces. Wouldn’t we be happier if we woke up and sang it every morning?