Praise be to you, Lord, for the wonder of stability in you, in your amazing, unchanging, ever flowing love. I praise you for your gracious and good commitment to us, your beloved children who are so often selfish, unbelieving and rebellious.
Every day we grieve your Spirit, choosing to exalt our ideas and agendas over your Word. But you endure this willingly: suffering this pain inflicted by us does not alter the course of your love, your plans or your grace. In your wisdom you take each failure and use it to chasten, teach and bring surrender. You are love itself, so you will never not love.
In this truth of your perfect and powerful character, I can rest, sure that my place in your heart is secure, certain, unshakable, “My soul, find rest in God alone, for my hope comes from Him. He only is my rock, my fortress, my high tower, I will never be shaken” (Ps. 62:5)
I am deeply thankful, ecstatic, quietly and wildly joyful that you chose me to be your child, to be your partner in your plans, to be a fruitful branch in your vine. Thank you that nothing can separate me from your love and that my place in eternity is secure.
To you be honor and glory, Heavenly Father, for inexplicably drawing me to yourself, for giving me a place in your heart, in your family, in your plan, in your Kingdom, in your eternity.
I praise you for your never ending flow of grace, forgiveness and transformation in this life. I praise you that today is a gift from your hand, prepared and packaged perfectly so that I might walk with you through every event in the light of your presence, as your ambassador, as your servant-warrior in the attacks from the enemy you will allow.
I praise you for the opportunities you have prepared for me to give you honor through faith responses: offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving and willful belief in your Word, living in the light of truth rather than in the darkness of what I can see.
I thank you, too, that in each of these you also give the possibility of earning honor which you will bestow on us at the appearing of Christ. We have “all kinds of trials…so that the proven genuineness of [our] faith…may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Pet.1:7,8).
This is life on a high and wondrous level, where every event, every interaction is filled with potential significance, if we will join you in what you are doing. Help me to do that today, grant me discernment so I can see what you are doing, Lord, that you may be honored, that the enemy may be defeated and that your light and hope may overflow from me to all those around me. Praise be to you now for what you will do in this day.