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Good News Day—Break it Down–What the Scriptures Say

January 2, 2021

 This is the day the LORD has made;
 we will rejoice and be glad in it.
 Psalm 118:24

As the New Year unfolds, I remind myself that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I resolve that each day will hold “Good News!” I often recite the original poem “Good News Day” on birthdays and other occasions of celebration. I recall sharing the poem on my birthday when I happened to be part of a Bible study taught by Thamo Naidoo from South Africa. After hearing my joyful recitation, he remarked. “This isn’t just a nice poem, but it’s a prophetic declaration from the Lord.” Years later, I thought about his comment, and I decided to look at the poem more closely. Today’s blog post examines some Scriptural references that come to mind as we examine the poem line by line:

It’s a good news day

The title brings to mind the account of the four leprous men who entered the camp of the enemy and made a remarkable discovery:

8 When the men with leprosy arrived at the edge of the camp, they went into one tent after another, eating and drinking wine; and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and hid it. 9 Finally, they said to each other, “This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.”

no blues day

Psalm 30:11 (AMP)

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
I have also composed some originals related psalms: “No Mo Blues” and “Little Boy’s Blues” which reiterate the same message.

new shoes

This line makes me think of “Parable of the Prodigal Son” the source of inspiration for “Homecoming” another original poem “Homecoming.” Here is a reference:

Luke 15:22 (KJV)

But the father said to his servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

no way to lose

2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMPC) reinforces the same message:

But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,

What a good news day!

It’s a great day

Psalm 42:8 (NLT)

But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.
I have also composed a number of original songs from a collection: “Songs in the Night Sung in the Morning”

I can’t wait day!

We look forward to each new day with great expectations:

Romans 10:11 (AMP):

For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED [in his expectations].”

lift your voice

let’s rejoice

Philippians 4:4 (AMP) reminds us of this reality:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again, I will say, rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again, I say rejoice

Good God, a good news day!

Here are verses to remind us that we serve a “Good God!”:

Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Lamentations 3:25

The LORD is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, To those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word].

It’s a payday

For those who serve the Lord, every day is a payday:

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

I often encourage believers to make every day a “Pay Day.” Although that’s sweet, I’m not talking about a candy bar. To illustrate what I mean by “get paid every day,” I often recite “Barter” by Sara Teasdale. Here is a definition of the verb barter: to exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.

Isaiah 55:1 expresses the same sentiments:

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

goin my way day
no nay–all yea
what you say

When it comes to the promises of God, there is not yes and no, but this verse clarifies the matter:

2 Corinthians 2:20 (AMP):

For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ, they are [all answered] “Yes.” So, through Him, we say our “Amen” to the glory of God.

Such a good news day!

It’s a live it up day
overflowin cup day

This line brings to mind one of the most recognized lines from Psalm 23:

Psalm 23:5 (NLT):

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.

It’s a bright and bubbly
doubly lovely

This line refers to our gracious, beneficent Father:

Isaiah 62:7

Instead of your [former] shame, you will have a double portion; And instead of humiliation, your people will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore, in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited]; Everlasting joy will be theirs.

Show-nuff good news day!

 Mandisa offers a musical summary of  the celebratory poem with “Good News”

There may be other scriptures that come to mind when you hear “Good News Day. If you would be so kind, share them in the comments below, and may each day of 2021 be

‘. . . a bright and bubbly,
Doubly lovely,
Show-nuff good news day!’

Songs in the night, sung in the morning

August 21, 2015

Psalm 42--8The Verse of the Day for August 21, 2015 is found in Psalm 42:8 (NLT):

But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

The latter part of the verse tells us “. . . through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”

The New King James Version mentions “. . . And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”

In Job 35:10 we find a reference to “God, my maker, who gives songs in the night,” while the Psalmist makes a similar reference in Psalm 77:6

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Isaiah 30:29 in the Amplified Bible also describes such a special song:

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart as when one marches in procession with a flute to go to the temple on the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.

The expressions related to “songs in the night” bring to mind this original song:

 Songs in the Night

Though the battle is long

And opponents seem so strong

And everything you do seems to always turn out wrong,

At your point of need, God is faithful and true.

God will encourage your heart and strengthen you,

He will lengthen your courage and see you through.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give,

Yes, God still gives songs in the night.

Songs in the night to brighten the road.

Songs in the night to lighten the load.

Songs in the night to comfort and assure,

To uphold you and to help you to endure.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give,

Yes, God still gives songs in the night.

The Concordia Choir provides a moving rendition of “My Song in the Night”:

As we conclude this blog entry, Psalm 30:5 (NLT) comes to mind:

For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

Indeed, God gives “Songs in the Night, Sung in the Morning”:

Songs in the night, sung in the morning:

Behold, the Light, a new day is dawning.

This is the day that the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We praise the Lord, our God who gives

Songs in the night, sung in the morning.

We praise the Lord, our God, who gives

Songs in the night, sung in the morning.

Lovingkindness and songs in the night

August 21, 2014

                                               Psalm 42_8

The Verse of the Day for August 21, 2014 is found in Psalm 42:8 (KJV):

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Translated from the Hebrew word chesed, the term lovingkindness is used 26 times in the Old Testament. In addition, the word has been translated “kindness,” “mercy,” “loyalty,” “steadfast love” and “compassion,” even “goodness.” with the word occurring 21 times in the Book of Psalms, four times in Jeremiah and once in Hosea: In most instances the Psalmist refers to an attribute of God with references to “thy lovingkindness” or “my lovingkindness” or the lovingkindness of the Lord. The following notable illustrations speak of God’s lovingkindness that gives life and rescues from the grave:

Psalm 63:3

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Psalm 88:11

Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

The familiar verse found in Psalm 103:4 speaks of the Lord

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Psalm 119:88 offers a request:

Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

A similar petition is revealed in Psalm 119:149

Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.

Hosea 2:19 speaks of the enduring relationship that God establishes with His people:

And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

In addition to the declaration of God’s lovingkindness during the day, the latter part of Psalm 42:8 refers to “his song” which shall be with me in the night. In the Book of Job we find a reference to “God, my maker, who gives songs in the night,” while Psalm 77:6 makes a similar reference:

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Isaiah 30:29 also describes such a special song:

Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.

The expression brings to mind this original song:

 Songs in the Night

 

Though the battle is long

And opponents seem so strong

And everything you do seems to always turn out wrong,

At your point of need, God is faithful and true.

God will encourage your heart and strengthen you,

He will lengthen your courage and see you through.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give. . .God still gives songs in the night.

 

Songs in the night to brighten the road.

Songs in the night to lighten the load.

Songs in the night to comfort and assure,

To uphold you and to help you to endure.

You are not alone; God remembers His own.

God will give. . . Yes, God still gives songs in the night.

The Maranatha Singers offer “Thy Loving Kindness” based on Psalm 63:3

The Concordia Choir provides a moving rendition of “My Song in the Night”: