Joy in the Morning.

Christianity, Religion

“Though I may spend the night weeping, there is joy in the morning… You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, so that I can sing to You and not be silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever.” Psalm 30:5, 11-12

Our lives hear on Earth are frequently filled with heartache, hardship, and disappointment. We’ve all heard the old saying that “nothing in life is easy,” and there is quite a bit of truth to that statement. For every victory we win, or every high point we experience in life, there will be moments when we feel completely defeated by the world. At times, it seems as though we have no hope and no reason to go on.

David, who wrote the words from this psalm, knew this better than anyone. He was the boy that slayed the giant, Goliath. He was the man that would go on to be the greatest king in the entire history of Israel, but he was also a man who had suffered many setbacks and defeats. He spent several years of his life hiding in caves because his enemies wanted to kill him. He struggled with sin and lust just like any other human being, and his fleshly desires caused him to commit very grievous sins. Yet, even at his lowest point, David knew he could still count on God. David’s faith was planted firmly in God, and no matter what the circumstance was, David would praise God.

No matter how bad today may seem and no matter how many tears you may shed tonight, tomorrow is a new day that has been given to you by God. He, in His infinite love and mercy, will see us through our deepest and darkest trials. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we must praise God for it. If it were not for God, there would be no reason to go on, there would be no hope, and there would be no joy in the morning. But God is with us! He reigns supreme over the entire universe, with Christ at His right hand. And we can rejoice because of this! Our tears will be turned to singing, and our heartache to gladness! The trials of this day will soon end and we will find renewed hope and joy with the rising sun. And we, like David, should offer our highest praise to God for the hope and joy He gives us. We must not be silent. We must not take His blessings for granted. We must sing loudly and joyously to the Lord who sustains us and renews us. Let us begin praising Him forever now!

God is in Control.

Christianity, Religion

“He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.” Psalm 121:3-4.

How reassuring it is to know that God is always attentive to us! There is never a moment in time that God is not paying close attention to those who love and serve Him. God is never caught off-guard or taken by surprise, which is a wonderful to know because there are many times in life in which we are completely taken aback by the events that unfold around us. Though we may be caught by surprise by the twists and turns of our lives, God is not. He is always there by our side and is seeing us through every trial and ordeal we face. He knows every situation that we will ever experience, and He is continually preparing us for these events. We will never encounter a situation that God has not yet prepared us for. Even though we may feel completely alone at times, God is there with us. He is always ready for us to call upon Him. All we have to do have faith and trust in Him.

Be still.

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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.

This verse is so simple that we fail to grasp its depth. God quite simply commands us to be still, to take a step back from the hectic nature of life, and to enjoy a moment of solitude in His divine presence. How plainly beautiful this command is, and yet how challenging it is for us to follow. With our lives growing more complicated and more fast-paced with each passing day, how often to we find the opportunity to do just what God tells us to do in this verse? Instead, we continually keep ourselves busy from the time we wake up until the time we are able to go back to sleep. We choose to spend what little free time we have doing things that make us feel good and seek only to please ourselves. We do not seek to commune with the Almighty God who so desires a relationship with us that He quite simply asks us to spend time in His presence. As result of our fast-paced lifestyle, we find ourselves, more often than not, being completely burnt out and exhausted. What is the cure for this? God gives it to us in Psalm 46, we just need to follow his prescription. Make time for God. He’s got time for you.

Take the time today to find a quite spot to sit down and pray, then enjoy the physical and spiritual regeneration that you will receive from communing with God.