If the Triune God to whom we draw near today is a refuge for us, then this is a day to rejoice. The Psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made – I will rejoice and be glad in it!” It is indeed a day of rejoicing because it is the Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death and hell. It is the first day of the week, the day of the New Covenant. We sit at His table on this day to remember what He has done to conquer death on behalf of His elect.
So let us remember that the Lord’s Day is a day of joy and celebration, not a day of fasting and humiliation. Our Lord Jesus said that there is a time for fasting and for mourning, but it is not while the bridegroom is with you. When the bridegroom is with you, it is a time for joy. The Divine Bridegroom is not absent. He is with us today, dear church. Christ Jesus, the Bridegroom of the church, is present in our midst. Therefore, it is a time for feasting and celebration and great joy.
To be sure, we come stained by our sin. We come with eyes wide open. We come soberly and reverently. We come aware that we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God in a multiplicity of ways all week long. But though we come with our sin, we come with our sin to a Savior who is a refuge for us. We come not to ruminate on how aggravated our sin is and then just to lie there in it. We come to confess our sin and to find forgiveness and relief and peace. We come in faith and confidence and delight, not in weary, depressed, anxious, fretful, distracted, navel-gazing, unforgiven, burdened tedium.
So today is a day of gladness because we have a God who is our refuge. We take joy in Christ, and we take joy in one another. We take joy in God’s gifts. We find gladness in ascribing glory to our Lord.
“This is the day the Lord has made – I will rejoice and be glad in it!”