Thursday, February 28, 2013

Morning Praises

What a gorgeous morning we have woken up to here in my little corner of the world.  Blue skies, sunshine, birds chirping, no wind.  It does the soul wonders to wake up to a beautiful morning such as this.  It makes me so relate to David, the Psalmist, in his many references to praising God in the morning.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
and Your faithfulness at night"
Psalm 92 : 1-2    New American Standard

A beautiful morning such as this reminds me of God as my Creator, as the one who give me breath, who sustains my life and who has me in the palm of His very capable Hand. 

"But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
for You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress." 
 Psalm 59:16  NAS

It is good for me to remember that a lot of these Psalms were written by David, not in times of His life that were all hunky dory, though some were, but they were written in times of great stress, confusion and trial.  Times when his very life was being hunted down by someone he had trusted.  Times when he felt totally betrayed.

"In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;
In the morning, I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation"
Psalm  5:3

Yet, he knew who really had his life in His hands.  He knew how to build himself up in the Lord.  He knew who to turn to for strength, wisdom and comfort.  And he did it each morning, before the day started.  Not when he was in the midst of the hard grind of the day.  But in the morning, he strengthened himself in the Lord his God and faced the day already being built up in God.

"But I cry to You for help, O Lord;
in the morning my prayer comes before You"
Psalm 88:13

Oh, I want to be more like David and know how to build myself up in the Lord so that no matter what I have to face that day I am strengthened and know Who is on my side.  Know that His mercy and grace is available to me every single day, to know that His faithfulness is great!

And a beautiful morning like this just causes that hope to rise in my soul and throw my hands up like David and say:

"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name."
Psalm 103:1

Thank you Lord, for this beautiful day!  


ellen b. said...

Amen to all these praises and the wonderful Psalms!

Faith said...

Halleluia for the example of David and the wonderful Psalms....and for your beautiful morning!!! I enjoyed reading this Susanne!!

nikkipolani said...

A beautiful tribute to God's faithfulness -- rain or shine, blue skies or gray.

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