Praise be to you, Lord, for the wonder of stability in you, in your amazing, unchanging, ever flowing and always perfect 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. You endure this willingly, and thankfully, your suffering this pain inflicted by us does not alter the course of your love, your plans or your grace. You are love itself, so you can never not love. In your wisdom you take each failure and use it to chasten, teach and bring surrender.
In this reality of your perfect and powerful character, I can rest, sure that my place in your heart is secure, certain and unshakable. “My soul finds rest in God alone…for my hope comes from Him…” (Ps. 62:1,5).
I am deeply thankful for this. I am both 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.
I praise you for your never-ending flow of grace, forgiveness and transformation in this present 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, able to stand in the attacks which you will allow from the enemy.
I praise you for the opportunities you have prepared for me to give you honor through faith responses: offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving and having a willful belief in your Word–living in the light of Truth rather than in the darkness of the human condition.
I thank you, too, that 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 just join you in what you are doing.
Help me to do that today, Lord; grant me discernment so I can see what you are doing and join you in it, so 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.