Praise be to you, my marvelous Lord and Shepherd. I awake in the night, and find you there, watching over me. I awake in the morning and find you waiting for me.
You are faithful in your love, passionate in your care, gracious in your provision and persistent in your protection. As thoughts of evil threats came in the night, I can easily reject them by thinking of your presence and power presented in Psalm 18.
You are the protector of the weak and the provider for the poor in spirit, so I can trust you. Your Word firmly corrects my churning thoughts, sweetly soothes my anxious soul, provides positive, encouraging perspective and safely shields me from Satan.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength” (Ps 18:1)—you have drawn me graciously into a rich and strong relationship with you, making yourself my Lord, pouring into my life your strength, sharing with me your power–even though you know I will at times miss use it, rebel, disobey and disbelieve, wounding your heart. You are so gracious!
Your love is lavished on your lazy and illogical sheep because of your majestic and marvelous Character: you are faithful and forgiving, gracious and good, pure and positive. We do not deserve your love and protection, but you are insistent in having a warm relationship with us, pouring your time, grace, care, protection and guidance into our lives 24/7.
You are faithful in the face of our faithlessness. You are good in the face of our rebellion. You are constant in the face of our unbelief.
I praise you, my Lord, my Rock, my Fortress, my Defender, my Shield, my Tower of power, my Stronghold of safety. I call to you, who are worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies (Ps 18:3). I praise you for your protection, glorify you for your deliverance, exalt you for your unbelievably wonderful grace at work in me each day.
You are Lord, you are Life, you are Light and you are Love. You are my Lord, my God, my Savior, my Deliverer and my Protection. You are worthy of praise, worthy of exaltation, worthy of obedience. To you I bow down, to you I surrender, to you I give myself: I lay down before you all that will come in this day: my desires, my plans, my preferences. I give you my will and take yours in its place.
May you be glorified in me today, may my responses be from your heart, your Word, your power. May your Spirit overflow from my life onto all those around me so they, too, may taste of your goodness, and thereby may your Name be lifted up before all I meet today.