“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” reads Psalm 34:1 (NKJV).
Lord, today I choose to ‘bless’ your name – to praise you for all that you are. I often forget you, and complaints slip out more easily than praise. But I choose to find a way. A way back to the practice of gratitude. Help me to focus on you as the source of all joy, and remember the amazing things you’ve done.
“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together,” the Psalm continues.
Praise is even better in groups, Lord. Help me to talk about you with others, and lift your name high with people who love you like I do. We have so much to be thankful for, together.
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.”
So often I have come to you, trembling, afraid of the future. Thank you for always listening. Thank you that I’m not ruled by fear and anxiety anymore but can live in your perfect peace, and the security of your strong, loving arms.
“They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.”
The more we look upon you – your words, your life, yourself – the more radiant and confident we will be. No one but Jesus can offer us freedom from shame, and guilt, and condemnation.
Lord, may your glory and your majesty shine brightly through us.