Written a number of years ago in my worship journal
Lord, I praise you this morning for the great and high privilege of knowing you, of being your child, of knowing how I fit into your creation.
It is wonderful to have in you
acceptance, adoption and approval,
position, power and privilege,
holiness, help and happiness.
These are your gracious gifts to your children; I can find them in no other source.
You, Lord Jesus, are
I praise you
for your great Love,
for your Faithful follow-through,
for your pure Perfection,
for your high Holiness,
and for your full Forgiveness.
You are always there, always loving, always good, always effective–especially when I cannot see or sense any of this. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them” (Psa. 34:7).
I praise you that you help me as I need it—which is all the time. I thank you for the difficult times you lead me through, I thank you for the problems, the disappointments, the anguish that are important for my growth and deepening (James 1:2-4) and provide opportunities to give you honor (Psa. 50:23). I praise you for your care, your protection and your provision in the midst of it all.
You, Lord God, are
Mighty, Majestic and Magnificent;
you are Great, Gracious and Good;
you are High, Holy and Humble.
You are worthy
And I want to give all of these to you today.
Lord, at this time of difficulty in my life [a situation that occurred some years ago] one of the most comforting, encouraging things about you is that you have a plan and a purpose in what you do: “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever and the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11). You are my rock, my security, my refuge.
So I praise you for what you are doing in my life at this moment, moving me through what will make me grow and what will, in the end, bring honor to your name. Guide me today to live out the truth that Knowing Jesus is Enough for Joy.