“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night” Psalm 92:1-2.
What was the first thought on your mind this morning? What were the first words out of your mouth? Do you realize, child of God, that you were greeted this morning with His steadfast love? When you awoke, you faced a day enveloped by His love for you. And tonight, as you lay your head on your pillow, can you see how His faithfulness carried you through the day?
That’s not my normal way of thinking on any given morning or evening. More often when I awake, my thoughts are on the details of the day ahead, or on wondering how I’m going to make it through when I’m starting off the day exhausted.
And at night, well, at night I’m usually just glad the day is done. We survived. We got some of the insurmountable “to do list” done. And tomorrow we’ll do it all over again.
But oh, the bigger picture I’m missing!
Our trials are understood by our compassionate High Priest (Heb 4:15-16). Our struggles are accompanied by sufficient grace (2 Cor 12:9). Our battles are are met with the assurance that Jesus has already conquered (Rom 8:37). Needs are opportunities for Him to show Himself strong for us (Eph 3:20-21). No trial, no heartache, no sin, no busyness, nothing…nothing can change the fact that we are passionately, relentlessly loved by our Abba Daddy. By Jesus who died to make us His. Viewing my day in that light changes everything.
And each night, I have another day of history with God to attest to the fact that He is faithful. He met my every need today (Phil 4:19). All my physical needs. All my emotional needs. All my spiritual needs. He has kept every promise. He has been immovable, unchangeable, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present. He is faithfully working to bring good out of evil, beauty out of ashes, healing out of brokenness. This is my God. Always, always faithful.
Will you praise Him with me? It is good for us to praise Him. He deserves it. And we are benefitted by it. When we focus on Him, on what He is doing and has done, we find gratitude, humility and joy springing up as a result.
How has He shown His love or faithfulness to you today?
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:4-7).