This is the Day the Lord Has Made

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 08/06/2023

 Foundation Scripture:
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 KJV

1. This is the Day.
a. Psalm 118:24-26 KJV — This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
b. This is the day the Lord has made.
c. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
d. He is Almighty God—Master and Creator of the universe.
e. Everything is made for Him and by Him (John 1:3).
f. We will praise Him for Who He is and what He has done for us.
g. We will joyously express our gratefulness and thankfulness.

2. The Day of the Lord.
a. These verses (Ps. 118:24-26) were sung with joy and rejoicing by the Jews, at the feast of Tabernacles (or Booths), whilst carrying green branches in their hands.
b. Exodus 23:16b AMPC — And [third] you shall keep the Feast of Ingathering [Booths or Tabernacles] at the end of the year, when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field.
c. They made booths out of the branches of palm trees, willow trees, and other thick leafy trees.
d. And the multitudes were laying out the branches and singing this Psalm when Christ Jesus made His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on the colt!
e. John 12:12-13 KJV — On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
f. “Hosanna” means to “save and show favor.”
g. What they were saying when they cried “Hosanna!” was “Save now, O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity” (Ps. 118:25).
h. Matthew 21:7-9 NKJV — They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
i. “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Ps. 118:26)
j. In doing this, and singing this, they were acknowledging and welcoming and celebrating their long-awaited Messiah!

3. This Day.
a. In the temple in Nazareth (Luke 4:18-21), Jesus read from the book of Isaiah, a prophecy concerning Himself (the Messiah):
b. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
c. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.
d. To preach deliverance and release to the captives.
e. And recovering of sight to the blind.
f. To set at liberty them that are bruised—oppressed, downtrodden, crushed, and broken.
g. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord—the Year of Jubilee—the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.
h. Luke 4:20-21 KJV –– And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
i. Jesus proclaimed: THIS DAY is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
j. “This Day,” proclaimed in Psalm 118:24, is the Day that was prophesied (specifically in Isaiah 61:1-3) and fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

4. Jubilee—The Acceptable Year of The Lord.
a. Leviticus 25
b. The Fiftieth Year was the Year of Jubilee.
c. It was a year of:
d. Recognizing Almighty God as their Lord and Master.
e. Acknowledging that everything they had belonged to God and was loaned to them by Him.
f. By faith, they were to cease from their own efforts—resting the land; not working the fields; not sowing or reaping crops.
g. Property was restored—all property taken, sold, or leased was restored to the rightful owners.
h. Liberty restored—anyone who had been enslaved through debt, for whatever reason, was released back to their families.
i. Prosperity is: Owning property and enjoying the liberty to administer it according to your own judgment.

5. Now Is the Day.
a. 2 Corinthians 6:2 AMPC — For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation! [Isa. 49:8]
b. Now is the day—today is the day.
c. This is the Day the Lord has made—ordained and prepared—for you and for me.
d. NOW—today—is the Day of Salvation.
e. Today is the day the free favors of God profusely abound.
f. Today is the day of liberty.
g. Today is the day of healing.
h. Today is the day of deliverance.
i. Today is the day of restoration.
j. Today is the day of prosperity.
k. Today—receive ALL that He has prepared for you and made freely available to you.
l. THIS is the DAY the LORD has made, and we will REJOICE and be GLAD in it!