I lie down and sleep: I wake again because the Lord sustains me.
Even in the battles you can find peace because God is with you. When you give all your cares, fears and troubles to the Lord, He will give you rest for your soul. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and surrender your life to Him, He alone will give you peace unlike anything you’ve ever known. God will allow you to lie down and sleep peacefully knowing that He is in control and He is working everything out for the good of those who love Him. When you wake each morning, thank God for another day of life and praise Him for His goodness and mercy.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
The Bible doesn’t say, “Give thanks to the Lord when you feel good”. It says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”. Giving thanks shouldn’t be based on how you feel, it should be based on who God is, and He is good all the time. If you’re reading this it means God woke you up this morning, thank God for another day of life. Thank Him for all He’s done for you both big and small. Thank Him for the things He’s done for you both seen and unseen. Thank Him for the things that didn’t happen, the things you didn’t even know you needed protection from. Give glory and praise to your heavenly Father because He is worthy and there is always something to be thankful for.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit starts to develop in you as you leave sin behind and begin to seek the Lord with all your heart. As your maturity and knowledge in Christ grows, so too will love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Although will power helps, it has its limits and you must truly come to depend on God’s power to change you. It doesn’t just happen overnight. God is constantly working on you to become more Christlike. It takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
The most important thing you can do to start your day is to spend time with the Lord in prayer. Thank Him for waking you up and giving you another day of life. Praise the Him for His goodness and His mercy that starts new every morning. Lay your requests and concerns at His feet. Invite Him into every part of your day. Be consistent and diligent with your prayers, always praying with the confidence that God hears you. Make time to pray every morning and ask God to give you the peace and guidance you need to go through your day.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of his who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
You have been chosen by God to be royalty. You may not have been born on this earth as royalty but because you were chosen and belong to our heavenly Father, you are the daughter of the King and not just any king, the King of all the heavens and earth! You are God’s special possession and of great worth. Praise God for His love, for choosing to have a special relationship with you and for calling you out of the darkness and into His wonderful light.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Life is not always sunshine and flowers. There are days when bad things happen, days when sadness creeps in and there are days when we just feel lonely. In these times, you need to lift your head toward God and give praise to your Savior. The way to forget your troubles is to remember God’s goodness. God loves you more than you will ever know. Turn to Him in your times of trouble. Thank Him for all the good in your life. He hasn’t forgotten you, He is close to the brokenhearted. Put your hope in God and rely on Him to get you through even the darkest of days. Let your faith and hope in God be the path to victory.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
One way to build your relationship with God is to spend time with Him in prayer. It’s the most personal way to experience God but often we forget, are too busy, lack spiritual discipline or are just too lazy to pray, but prayer is too important to neglect. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal. I encourage you to pray throughout your day but I also encourage you to dedicate a specific time each day to talk with the Lord and to listen to what He has to say. Come to Him with praise and thanksgiving, confess your sins and bring your requests to Him. Pray about anything and everything for nothing is too big or too small for God. Praise Him for all that He is and thank Him for his love and mercy and for the gift of salvation.
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!
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
No matter what is going on in your life praise the Lord. In good times, praise the Lord. During difficult times, praise the Lord. At all times, praise the Lord. Praise invites God’s presence into every situation. Praise gets the focus off of you and onto God and when you focus on God it changes your heart and increases your faith. Give honor, praise, and glory to God because He is good, He is worthy of all praise and because we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. (Romans 8:28) Let His praise always be on your lips.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
At the beginning of this year many of us were in a good place and we were looking forward to seeing what the new year had in store for us. Little did we know that this would be one of the hardest times since the Great Depression. Many have lost their jobs, their homes and people they love. Some are struggling emotionally, physically and financially just to make it to tomorrow. We have had to trust in the Lord like never before. But praise God, we serve the God of restoration! By His grace, we have been called to be His children and we have hope for a future because our heavenly Father always has a plan to heal and restore His people.