Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I woke up this morning and if you’re reading this so did you, but not everyone did, so be thankful for another day of life. Praise God and give thanks to the Lord. He is deserving of all praise. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something to be thankful for. Our praise should not depend on how we feel but on who God is. God’s love is forever and He is always good, gracious, merciful and ready to forgive. Start your day with praise because life is a precious gift from God and as long as you have breath in your lungs you ought to give thanks to the Lord.
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
In the best of times and in the worst of times you can trust in the Lord your God to be with you. By faith, you can leave all your troubles at the feet of your heavenly Father. Believe and know in your heart that He is on His mighty throne ready to protect you, to defend you and to help you in your current situation. He is the one and only true living God and in Him you can depend on whenever trials befall you. Man may fail you but God never will. Turn to Him, cling to Him because He is merciful and because He loves you more than anyone else ever can or ever will.
If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Even on our best days we still sin in our daily lives and unconfessed sin can be a stumbling block that keeps us from having fellowship with God. Although our past, present and future sins have been paid for by Jesus Christ, we must confess our personal and daily sins to God to stay in good standing. The Bible says, The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayers of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29) When we confess our sins we are forgiven and purified from unrighteousness. Humbly come before the Lord and honestly confess your sins against Him for He alone is able to truly forgive. God is merciful and ready to forgive, don’t let unconfessed sin come between you and the Lord.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Praise God for who He is and thank Him for all His wonderful characteristics and what they mean to you personally. God is good, holy, forgiving, loving, merciful, faithful, full of grace and so much more. Even on your darkest day God is still worthy of all praise. Joyfully lift your hands toward your heavenly Father in heaven to praise Him and give Him all the honor and glory. The Lord is great and greatly to be praised! As long as you have breath in your lungs, praise God!
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
God is the definition of perfect goodness. He is kind, caring, compassionate, generous and merciful toward all who seek Him. There isn’t a single person God is not ready and able to bless. There isn’t a single person God isn’t willing to show mercy and forgiveness to. There isn’t a single person who God does not want to have eternal joy. Everything from God is good and all good things are from God. Turn to God and seek Him with all of your heart so that you may know His everlasting goodness and love.
Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy.
The Lord is so worthy of our praise. We serve a mighty God who is wonderful, merciful and faithful. Praise Him for who He is, for His goodness and holiness. Praising His holy name invites His presence and opens a path to a deeper connection and relationship with our Creator and the King of the world. Focus on the Lord and give Him all your attention and praise Him with all your heart and soul. Just come before the Lord to give Him praise, honor and glory. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Many have turned their backs on the Lord and not having a relationship with God is what’s wrong with our society today. They no longer fear the Lord and therefore lack wisdom. How do we fix it? We humble ourselves, pray, seek God, turn from our selfish and wicked ways and walk in His commandments. If we do these things God will hear us and have mercy on us. He will forgive us and restore us. But to change the world, each one of us must first change ourselves.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Mercy is when God gives us love, compassion and forgiveness instead of giving us the punishment we deserve for our sins. God’s mercy for His people is demonstrated throughout the Bible but God’s mercy is entirely displayed through Jesus who paid the price for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God. We deserved the punishment of death for our sins but God, who loves us more than we could ever imagine, sent His only Son to save us. God’s mercy doesn’t end at the cross, it’s available to us whenever we are in need. Come confidently to the throne, make your requests known to the Lord and receive mercy for today.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
God isn’t far from you, He’s always with you, you need only to seek Him with all of your heart and soul. He wants to have a relationship with you but even though He could, He’s not going to force you to have a relationship with Him because He wants you to choose to love Him. The most important thing you can ever do isn’t found in the busyness of your life, it is found in the quiet times seeking God. Seek Him with a sincere heart, pray, read the Bible and turn from sin. God loves you and He is merciful, if you give your heart to Him and make Him a priority in your life you’ll see for yourself how good your heavenly Father is.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Tomorrow is the first day of a new year and a new decade, it’s a chance for a new beginning. Put the past behind you and start this new year with your focus on God. He loves you, He is merciful and His compassion never fails. Our current circumstances may be overwhelming and our bodies may fail us but our soul will not be crushed as long as we have faith, hope and love. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and see that He is good.