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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Morning and Night

It is good to give thanks to ADONAI and sing praises to Your Name ‘Elyon (Most High), to tell in the morning about Your grace and at night about Your faithfulness...For ADONAI, what You do makes me happy; I take joy in what Your hands have made. ~ Psalm 92:1,2,4

Have you ever become so lost in the thought of God's Word that HE unveiled beautiful truths amidst ordinary moments? I love when HE touches our lives with HIS glorious interruptions!

It is most necessary in this life, isn't it?... Receiving a touch from the LORD Himself?

One morning after a rich time in God's Word, I was met with such a touch. I walked outside with Psalm 92 weighing heavily upon my heart.

My backyard looked different to me somehow. It couldn't have changed that much since last night, right? I took in all the beauty of the flowers and their scents with great delight. I breathed in deeply the crisp air that early mornings offer, and felt a satisfaction that took me by surprise.

As I began to reflect on the above verse, I was reminded how King David had prepared for his beloved son Solomon’s future kingship; as well as the planning of the magnificent Temple that would be built not by his own hands, but by his son's.

King David had re-commissioned the Levites in the caring for the future temple of the LORD.


"They were to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening." ~ 1 Chronicles 23:30

I began to consider the Kingdom perks that come with giving thanks and praise to the LORD every morning and every night.

I grabbed a piece of sidewalk chalk that the wee monkeys had left lying around and wrote out in large letters:

  1. WORLDLY FEAR
  2. INGRATITUDE
  3. COMPLACENCY

I suppose you could say the Spirit of the LORD wrote with my very hand what my heart intuitively 'saw'. Beyond that, I truly believe HE wanted me to see with my own peepers what had been keeping me from rejoicing and trusting in His faithfulness.

As odd as it may sound, in that very moment, I was actually rejoicing as I beheld the words forming on the sidewalk. It was a gentle unveiling of a glorious Truth!

You see, the only remedy for this Tenacious Trio of joy-stealing worldly cares is our thankfulness, our praise and our recalling of HIS generous and faithful provision in our everyday lives.

And not only internally should we offer our praises, but OUT LOUD as I did! Just as HE wanted me to see with my eyes those words, HE also wants us to hear with our ears the very praises that excites and ignites our inner man!

In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught that the cares of this world would choke the Word in us and cause us to become unfruitful. (And Ladies, an unfruitful life is tantamount to an unsatisfied life.)

For as we call to mind and tell about His abounding grace and eternal faithfulness, we are intentionally choosing to cast or roll our cares upon the only One Who is able to bear, change, and use them!

We make an exchange!

Our Heavenly Father says...

Look to Me! Remind yourself of Who I AM and I will take that worldly fear and turn it into a REVERENTIAL FEAR and TRUST in ME alone (which is the beginning of wisdom)!

I will take your ingratitude and cause GLORIOUS THANKFULNESS to spring forth from your mouth!

And finally, I will heal your complacent heart and give you a fire...a SPIRITUAL FERVOR that burns with power from On High.

So what cares are choking His Life out of you at this very moment in time? Just knowing HIS word is not sufficient. However, acting upon It is!

Heaven’s Truth is unveiled to us by The Holy Spirit Who indwells every Believer.

Aren’t you glad that He has a direct deposit plan?

Thank you Abba YHWH for lifting our heads, opening our hands and pouring forth more of Your love into our lives each day. Be magnified in our living and thank You for Your guidance, Your grace and Your eternal faithfulness. I praise You ADONAI that, indeed, it is Your grace that wakes us up in the morning and it is Your faithfulness that puts us to bed at night...Blessed be The Name of the LORD!!

Quotable Quotes

"In many ways the spotlight is always on all of us as far as our morals, ethics, and responsibilities are concerned. By conducting our lives as if the camera is on, we will be living with integrity, which means we won't have to apologize for, or explain tomorrow, what we did today." ~ Zig Ziglar

“Trusting God is never an intangible act. It always involves planting a seed.” ~ Tony Evans

"We are made happy not by what we ACQUIRE, but by what we APPRECIATE." ~ Stuart McAlister

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3 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

This was really nice.

November 22, 2008 at 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing, this was so appropiate to what I've been studying and working to apply to my life. It was a big encouragement.

November 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Hallel-u-YAH!!!

November 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

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It is good to hear from you... thank you so very much for leaving a note on the table. That makes us smile!

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