The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.

Psalm 118:22-24 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Rejoice and Be Glad

Canadians are reasonably satisfied with their lives when compared to those living in other countries according to the 2023 World Happiness Report, released on the International Day of Happiness. Canada ranks 13th—moving slightly up from 15th— among the 137 countries included in the report. Simon Fraser University psychology professor Lara Aknin, who studies happiness, prosocial behavior and altruism and is one of the report’s editors, says the research examines six key factors related to happiness including social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.

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One of the great mysteries of the Bible is that the coming of Jesus is made so clear in the Old Testament. This is particularly true in some of the Psalms. King David was uniquely inspired to understand the role of the Messiah and what things will look like after He has come. This is particularly so in Psalm 118, where in verses 22-24 he writes, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” It’s pretty amazing that centuries before Jesus came, David saw that the Messiah would be the cornerstone of our faith, rejected by the religious leaders, but marvelous to those of us who have come to know Him by faith. David didn’t know His name would be Jesus, but He did know that what He would accomplish change the world of all who put their faith and trust in Him. Rejoice and be glad.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley