Ps. 5:1-3: “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord. In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”
Does God hear your voice in the morning? Do you direct your words to Him? Do you look up and seek His face? Do you cry out to Him, pray to Him, meditate upon His Word?
Imagine what your day would be like if you started it in the presence of the King of Kings? Think of the confidence you’d have, walking out the door when you’ve just been in the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
When we have allowed the Lord to hear our voice first thing in the morning, and chosen to look first to Him, we will have chosen what is most important to start our day. The problems, obstacles, and duties of the day will look much less intimidating when the joy of the Lord has become our strength.
Ps. 1:2 says that the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on it day and night is blessed. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” vs. 3
When we turn to God first thing in the morning, we will be strengthening ourselves, showing honor and respect to the Lord, and bringing blessings upon lives. What more could we possibly want?
Give Him the praise!
Pr. 1:31: “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.”
I have eaten the ‘fruit of my own way’ more times than I care to admit. I must say, that while it may have tasted sweet for a moment, it turned quickly bitter, and left an aftertaste not to be desired.
We’ve all done it. We have wanted to be full of our own fancies, and have our own way. Perhaps we have even tried to push the voice of wisdom to the back and keep trodding through the mud and muck of sin to have just a bit more. Sad, but true, huh?
The beautiful thing about the fruit of the Spirit is that it doesn’t require such a struggle. When we choose to live for God, and walk in the Spirit, we take the path without the mud. In fact, we can soar above it, on wings like eagles. There is no conscience to step over. There is certainly no bitter taste. And the aftertaste? Heavenly.
I can’t help but think of the lyrics of Blessed Assurance that say, “Oh what a foretaste of glory devine.” The fruit of God’s way not only nourishes and fills us here and now; its nutritional benefits are eternal and more wonderful than we can even begin to imagine. Thank You, Lord, for Your fruit!
On this Good Friday, I am reminded of the love of God. Our Savior literally took on death to save us from our sins. He took the punishment that would have been ours in order to keep us safe. Truly He is good.
Remember today that God loves you. Whatever the Lord speaks is created, so when He says that He loves you, it is. He proved it by doing whatever it took for our salvation.
I know there are a lot of songs I could share today, but this is the one I can’t shake. He is a good, good Father, and today is the perfect day to remember that we are loved by Him.
God’s unconditional love is one of the many reasons I am so in love with Him. I pray this strengthens us all today
What do you type when you have no words? When you’re focused only on yourself, your circumstances, or your feelings, what can you type that leads back to God?
I was looking to the Word just now, and found only words that brought tears to my eyes. In the background; however, I hear my husband playing his guitar and singing the song “We Believe.” I heard these words: “So, let our faith be more than anthems greater than the songs we sing and in our weakness and temptations we believe, we believe!”
My faith must be more than an anthem. I can write blogs about God every day of my life, but if it turns out to only be an anthem or the theme on which I’m stuck, then I’m lost.
There is only foundation. I believe in God the Father. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Spirit, and He’s given me new life. In my weakness and temptation, I believe. I believe!
I am declaring this truth to you, hoping that not only will you be encouraged, but that I will, as well. The bottom line in life is Jesus Christ. On Him we can rely.
Looking to my Salvation,
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
Who in your life has ever loved you this much?
Why did He lay down His life for us?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
He took our sins and sickness upon Himself so that He could spend eternity with us. He wants to be with us forever.
Now THAT is true love. 😉
Falling more in love with Him each day,
Enjoy this song about His love. “How He Loves,” sung by John Mark McMillan: