Taken from my worship journal, written a number of years ago, as I lifted my soul to God, working through my emotions about the difficulties I faced at that time.
Praise you, Lord, for your gracious work in my life: my miserable life on a human level, my wonderful life on your level. Thank you that you are working on raising me to that higher level with you, leading me upward and onward, out of the swamp of my natural self into the light of your presence and the lushness of your green pastures, into your powerful, positive presence.
I thank you for my unwanted circumstances, Lord, for the dreaded tasks I have to do, and the desired work I’m unable to do. You know what is best, what is right and will work it out. “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalm 34:8).
I praise you, Father God, for your wisdom, love, goodness and power. You, my Heavenly Father, watch over me and bring into my life the challenges and opportunities I need.
I praise you, Lord Jesus, my great and good Shepherd, for leading me in the proper paths, guiding me through disagreements and difficulties, through my poor choices and poor responses, out to the other side into the wide place you have for me. I praise you for your good and gracious presence at all times, and that you carry me through when life is too much for me.
I praise you, Holy Spirit, that you are my Heavenly Teacher, my persistent Transformer, my gracious Guide and my determined Director, seeking to bring me to ever-higher levels of walking with you.
Praise you, O Triune God, that you are the One I can trust in the midst of my present uncertainty and difficulties. You are my Heavenly Protector, blocking what is harmful, allowing what is edifying, providing all I need. Therefore, I can give you honor and praise now, before any of this is worked out, for you are gracious, great and good, full of power, positiveness and love.
Thank you now for how you will help me today to do all the things that you desire, to make decisions based on what is best, not just on what I’d like. Give me wisdom in how to proceed and what to accomplish. Help me to consistently live the truth that Knowing Jesus Is Enough for Joy, Period!