Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Today I am thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be the music at church. Sometimes it’s while I’m at home or even in the car. I could be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio at just the right time and it reminds me that God is always with me and that everything is going to be okay. Even though I’m not a very good singer, when I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and I feel peace in my heart.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Walk in love by following the example of Jesus Christ. He loved us so much He gave all He had so we could be saved. Be imitators of Christ and let everything you do come from a place of love. To walk in love is not just to talk about it, but to actually apply it to our daily life by not letting our circumstances dictate our attitude. We can choose how we respond to situations in life and although we can never love as much as God loves us we can try our best to be patient and selfless. We can be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) We can also give our time and be of service to others for the glory of God. As we walk through our days in love, may our continued praises and thanksgiving be an offering and a sweet aroma to the Lord.
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.
Draw near to God, come to Him by faith, with true repentance and obedience, leaving your sins behind you. Study the Word of God to learn who He really is. Come to the foot of the throne and seek His presence with a sincere heart through prayer, fasting, praise and worship for He is truly worthy. God loved you first and is waiting for you to take the next step by inviting Him into every part of your life. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and when you draw near to Him, He draws near to you by granting you His gracious presence, by communicating His love to you, by applying the blessings of His grace, by helping you in times of need and distress and by protecting you from you enemies. (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible) Come to God and receive His love, grace, mercy, peace and forgiveness.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Although your life may not be perfect and you may have troubles, there is so much to be thankful for. Even with everything going on in the world today, you still have a great deal to be thankful for. No matter what is currently going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for so count your blessings and not your troubles. Thank God for waking you up this morning. Thank Him for all that you do have. Thank Him for your salvation. Thank Him for His love and mercy and for who He is. Never stop giving thanks to God, even with your last breath give thanks to the Lord for He truly is worthy of praise and thanksgiving.
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.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
As we go through life there will be times when, for whatever reason, we will encounter difficulties, pain or sorrow. Be comforted in knowing that no matter what you may be going through it’s only for a night (a season), it will not last forever. The mercies of God are new every morning and you may be weeping now but joy will come soon. Things may seem dark and hopeless now but with the dawn of a new day the sun rises once again and light breaks through the darkness. Hope is on the horizon. If you woke up this morning that means you’re alive and breathing. You have something to be thankful for so keep praising the Lord.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
This year has been difficult to say the least. We’ve had a lot to deal with including the coronavirus, being quarantined, loss of jobs, natural disasters and civil unrest. Our schools closed, work places closed, stores closed, even churches closed. Through it all, God is still with us. Don’t let your spiritual relationship become lukewarm. Don’t let the troubles of this world come between you and God. All these things are temporary and this is not our eternal home. Keep serving the Lord, keep reading the Word of God, keep praying, keep singing, keep praising and worshiping, keep your soul on fire for God!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
Reading the Bible as part of your prayer can lead to enlightenment. The Book of Psalms is a great place to start reading scriptures that turn into prayers. They’re full of wonderful praise and thanksgiving to God. Before you begin to read the Bible ask God to open your eyes and make clear what He is trying to show you. If you’re looking for a specific topic you want to address in prayer you can use a Bible concordance or look up verses on the internet. Once you find the Bible verse you want to focus on, read it, meditate on it, think about what it really means to you, then pray about it. God speaks to you in many ways including His written Word. He may open your eyes to something new when a passage you’ve read before suddenly becomes clear and impacts you like never before. Remember, when we pray, we talk to God; when we read the Bible, God speaks to us.
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!