Psalm 103:15-22 (NRSV)-
15 As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word. 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
When life gets busy or stressful, certain routines can fall by the wayside.
Maybe we eat as well as we should. Maybe we do not clean the house as much as we wish we could. Or, maybe we sacrifice what is important for what is urgent. So, when life is chaotic and we are not hearing God’s voice clearly, one of the best things we can do is remind ourselves of what we already know to be true.
David reminds himself of the truth in Psalm 103. He reminds himself to praise God. He reflects on God’s character and then starts to recall what God has already done for his people.
When our hearts are heavy, praising the Lord does not come naturally. But, as we recount God’s majesty, miracles, and amazing grace, our strength is renewed. Through this renewal, we are empowered to praise the Lord.
Sometimes, praise flows naturally from our hearts. Other times, praise focuses our hearts on what is real, rather than what we feel. So, like David, no matter how we start, once we start praising God, the more we will find to praise Him for (Psalm 103:15-19). And, as we reflect upon God’s blessings, the more confidence and hope we take into our day.
Today, since there will never be a day when we have nothing to praise God for, whatever this Monday may bring, let’s praise the Lord.
Father God, wherever life throws at us today, please teach us to be grateful. In our gratefulness, please guide us to praise you for all things. In doing so, please build hope and confidence within us. And, please help us to take them into all of today’s endeavors, interactions, and pursuits. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!