Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips (Psalms 63:3-5)
What could be better than life itself? The loving kindness of the Lord. Surely He is good. His mercies are more than the stars of the heavens. His patience with His children extends far beyond our failures. His love cannot be measured – it is infinite.
And what does He ask of us? Not much. Our praise. Hands open and lifted high.
Let this be our continuous thought – that we will be fully surrendered to Him. Let this be our constant desire – that we will testify of His loving-kindness. Let this be the pattern of our lives – thankfulness to Him in every situation. Let this be always on our lips – praise and glory and honor to the Lord of Lord, the King of Kings, the Savior of our souls.
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalms 90:1)
What peace to know that the Lord is our dwelling place – today, tomorrow, and always. A place where we can rest in safety from the evil that surrounds us. A place to come to when we’re confused and need truth. A place where we will find comfort for our body and our spirit.
His word tells us to abide, to dwell in Him.
It’s unavoidable, in this life, there will be troubles – but praise be to God, we have a dwelling place and He is Jesus.
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!” (Psalms 20:1)
This morning, thousands are waking up feeling hopeless because of the storm that has passed through, thousands more are in fear and uncertainty because of the storm yet to come. Here in the peace and quiet comfort of my home, I could think of nothing else to do but pray.
“Lord, we offer back to You this morning Your word of hope for those who are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We pray for the hundreds of families in Haiti who are mourning the loss of loved ones; for the hundreds more who have lost all their meager earthly possessions.
We pray for the hundreds of thousands who are at this moment are in the path of the storm to come. For the many who have left behind their homes and don’t know if there will be anything left when they return.
Jehovah-Rohi, our God who protects, hear the prayers of Your children in this day of trouble.”