Here’s a way to start and end each day…
Is there a recipe for life? Psalm 92 :2 gives us the best way to start and end each day. It says it is good to praise the Lord and the writer tells us specifically how to do this: To proclaim God’s unfailing love in the morning and His faithfulness at night.
Psalm 921 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to the Most High.
2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening,
3 accompanied by the ten-stringed harp
and the melody of the lyre.
Proclaim God’s love
In the morning? I am not a morning person! I often can’t think of one good reason to push back the warm duvet. So this for me this is a stretch.
But if you think about it… the day is going to start anyway, no matter how many times you hit the snooze button. So, if it’s gotta have a start, is there any better way to launch the day (or endure its beginning) than to turn your thoughts toward God and his love?
Each morning if I take the time to think about God’s love, it will give me the courage to face what each day brings. If I know that God loves me, I can trust him to lead me throughout the day and if I am secure in his love I will have the confidence to face what ever comes my way. God’s love will also give me what I need in dealing with people throughout the day. Self confidence, or lack of it… make way for God confidence. Insecurity and fear can move on out. I am in the centre of God’s love.
Proclaim his Faithfulness
Do you know how much we miss by not taking a moment to reflect on the day and thank God for his faithfulness? Cognitive behavioral theory states that the focus of a person’s thoughts influences their feeling and behavior. It suggests that a way to ward off depression is to start a thankfulness journal. Everyday you record all the good things that happened to you, or the good things you have in life.
This is what the psalm is talking about. At the end of the day, take a moment to look back and see God’s hand. Take a moment to seek out Divine fingerprints. Learn to recognize God’s leading and guiding. Learn to discern his faithfulness. He is faithful… we just need to see it.
And, proclaim it out loud!
Really? Won’t the family think I have lost the last marble?
I researched this one a bit. To ‘proclaim’ is to “shew forth” (Hebrew- ‘nâgad’ ) which means to audibly say something in a bold way – as if in opposition. Once again, the psalmist is stating what research is proving: the power of the spoken word. Something in our brain happens when we audibly hear what we know is true. And we know what is true when we hear it.
So speak it loud and clear. The spoken word also has power in the spiritual world. I don’t know much about this… but I do know that when I speak truth there is an unleashing of power. There is a fight in the higher heavens and our prayers and praise are part of the warfare.
And, oh… if you have a ten stringed harp or a lyre… feel free to strum away!
For the month of October… let’s put this to the test. With it being the month of thanksgiving and all…wanna join me?
– Each morning start off with proclaiming God unfailing love. Then, step into your day with his confidence.
– Each evening take a moment to proclaim God’s faithfulness. Then rest the night in peace.
This sounds like a great way to do life.
Now… Enter your praise and thanksgiving and read other’s input as we all add our ‘two-cents’ to thoughts of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.
And of course.. read out loud…