Good morning, Lord.
It’s early. The house is quiet as I watch the colours of the sky brighten.
Its beauty is breathtaking.
Another new day.
Another day to serve You, to walk with You and taste Your goodness. (Psalm 34:8)
Another day to delight in the beauty of Your creation and enjoy the gifts which You have filled my life. (Lamentations 3:22–24)
Thank you, Lord.
“Your decrees are wondrous;
therefore I obey them.
The revelation of Your words brings light
and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
I open my mouth and pant
because I long for Your commands.”
I don’t deserve the blessed life I live. So many struggle through childhood without faith; without knowing You. Thank you for the legacy of faith You placed before me. I am overwhelmed with gratitude; You are so kind. Your Word has been a hedge of protection around me. (Psalm 139:5) You were the light on my path long before I knew any other path existed. (Psalm 23:3)
“Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your practice toward those who love your name.
Make my steps steady through your promise;
don’t let any sin dominate me.
Redeem me from human oppression,
and I will keep your precepts.”
Oh, God. I’m so sorry. I’ve done it again. (Psalm 51:2–3) I really meant to be fully present, here in these quiet moments with You. I was going to focus. Now, here I am again. I’ve lost precious minutes scrolling, watching furniture renovations and cake decorating. I don’t even like cake decorating!
How could I be so distracted?
Yet, You are here inside every moment. The ones I press into, and the ones I neglect. Your presence is just as close, whether I acknowledge You or not. Whether I invite You or not. You are here (Psalm 139:5-8), and You will continue to be here every time I turn away from the world long enough to notice.
“Make your face shine on your servant,
and teach me Your statutes.
My eyes pour out streams of tears
because people do not follow Your instruction.”
God, I feel like my heart is breaking and I am completely helpless. I can hardly bear to watch the news. How can people hurt each other so? Can’t they see that hate only makes things worse? It seems like evil is thriving, while the Godly wilt. (Ecclesiastes 7:15) Where do I go with all the pain in my heart? The unanswered prayers, the unhealed sickness, those grieving without comfort. (Psalm 13:1–2) God, are You still here?
“You are righteous, Lord,
and Your judgments are just.
The decrees You issue are righteous
and altogether trustworthy.
My anger overwhelms me
because my foes forget Your words.”
The world is such a cruel place for so many, and yet, there is kindness and generosity and hope amongst all the pain. . . because of You. You sneak in and bind up the brokenness while the battle rages outside. You go into dark places and shine light. (John 8:12) You stand up in storms and demand peace. (Mark 4:39) You stare into the eyes of the guilty and extend mercy. (Luke 7:48–50) You bring hope when there is only despair. (Romans 15:13) You bring life where there is only death. (John 10:10)
“Your word is completely pure,
and your servant loves it.
I am insignificant and despised,
but I do not forget your precepts.”
Oh, my God, I lift my feeble prayer to You. I long to have more confidence in You, but there are still days when I forget Your power and rely on myself. I do believe; help me with my unbelief. (Mark 9:24) I know you are good. Help me to experience Your goodness. You are love, and You command me to love. God, please help me to love. (John 13:34–35)
“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and Your instruction is true.
Trouble and distress have overtaken me,
but Your commands are my delight.
Your decrees are righteous forever.
Give me understanding, and I will live.”
Lead me in Your ways today, Lord. Keep me from wandering, distracted, away from the path You have laid. (Psalm 16:11) May I follow You more closely (Matthew 16:24), love You more dearly (Matthew 22:37), obey You more willingly (John 14:15), and trust You more fully.
Worship XI Day 12
My husband purchased a light which he attached to my cane so that in the night when I rise, I can see where I am going. It is motion detected so that as soon as I reach out and grab my cane, the light comes on. God’s Word is like this (if we have it memorized).
When in the dark of a trial, all we need to do is reach out and His Word lights our way! What practical things do you find in the Word of God?
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