Psalm 7:17 (NIV) I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
If we depend upon emotion thanks will not be given and praise will not be sung. There are days that are not conducive to being thankful and, especially not for singing praise.
Emotion dictates that we give in to the tenor of the day and withdraw into the shell we have beforehand prepared for ourselves just for these days, and eke out existence until that “horrible” day is over.
Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and glad in it.” It doesn’t say “…we will be glad and rejoice in it if all goes well during the day.” Nor does it say, “…if everyone agrees with me throughout the day.” Other additions to the verse might be, “…if my boss treats me like he/she should,” “…if I don’t face any kind of adversity,” No, with determined mind-set, declaration is made, “I WILL…”
I’m old enough to remember when “Good Morning, America” first aired. David Hartman would sign off every morning with “Make it a good day.”
Due to the clamor, hustle, bustle, and unexpected circumstances that arise, instantaneously, spontaneously, and certainly unwelcomed, it is often incumbent upon us (and no one else) to “Make it a good day” by choosing to “…give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and… sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”