The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2
All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. Psalm 145: 10-11
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above. Psalm 148:1
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Psalm 96:11
God, You are beautiful beyond description. Your creation declares your glory and magnificence. How awesome is the work of your hands, O God. You are perfect in all of your ways. May your praise continue to be on our lips. We exalt you for You alone are worthy. You deserve the highest praises and honor.
Have you ever wished you had more time? Or that somehow, time will stop but you can still continue working to meet your deadlines? How do you keep up with the overwhelming demands of your day?
We live in a day and age where there are too many distractions. There’s just so much to do and oftentimes, we wish we had more time. We are often bombarded by responsibilities and tasks that require our immediate attention. As days go by, we start to feel sapped of energy most of the time and then before we know it, we are already burned out.
How do we regain our strength? The Bible assures us that though our heart and flesh may fail, still God is the strength of our heart. Yes, we may be burned out from time to time but God sustains us when we are weak. He is our strength and shield and He always helps us because He cares for us. He cares about even the tiniest detail of our day. It is God who arms us with strength and keeps our way secure. He satisfies us with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. He longs to give us good things but even in bad times, God never let go. He patiently walks us through renewal and strengthening.
Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and acknowledge that in Him, we can do all things because He strengthens us. As we gaze into His beauty and majesty and become more aware of His presence, our hearts become filled with joy and it strengthens us. As we put Him first on our daily schedule and spend the best time of our day with Him, we get the assurance that all the other things concerning our day will be taken care of and added to us. Each day that I spend quality time with God and soak myself in His Word before anything else, are the days that I am most joyful, kind, peaceful and productive.
Philippians 4:13, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 28:7, 2 Samuel 22:33, Psalm 103:5, Matthew 6:33
God’s plan is not to harm us but to prosper us and give us hope and a future. He sent Jesus so we may have life and live it to the full. He doesn’t want us to live another day defeated and miserable.
Trials and setbacks are inevitable, yet we can choose to put our trust in God and hold on firmly to His promises. Let us take Him by His Word and trust that He is able to work all things for our good, even those that breaks us, for we are called according to His purposes.
Indeed, we are called to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. In the midst of struggles and grief, where should we put our hope in? In God alone, because He is an ever-present help in times of need. He’s the One who never left our side. He will never turn His face away from those who earnestly seek Him.
When the discouragements and difficulties threaten to knock us down, we should return to our fortress, as prisoners of hope because God promises restoration and renewal. God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope. Let this joyful hope be an anchor for our soul, both sure and steadfast so that nothing can move us, not even life’s greatest testing.
1 Corinthians 13:13, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 5:5, Romans 8:28, Romans 12:12, Psalm 39:7, Hosea 2:15, Hebrews 6:19
Let us be tenacious and don’t let anything move us. Tenacity means continuing despite the obstacles and discouragement. It is refusing to give up when things are getting tough. It is not allowing any circumstance to shake us. Though we may be hard-pressed on every side, we will not be crushed. We may be persecuted but God will never abandon us. We may be struck down but our enemy will not be able to destroy us. Let us stand firm in the faith, courageous and strong knowing that God is fighting our battles. We are victorious in Him!
God is patient and slow to anger because He doesn’t want us to perish in our sin. He leads us to repentance and not to a broken fellowship with Him. Even when we choose to walk away, He still patiently awaits for our return. The Father of the prodigal son threw a feast for him when he returned home. The Shepherd left the 99 sheeps just to find the missing one. God’s hands is never too short to reach us. His unfailing love pursues us relentlessly.
Faith comes by continously hearing, meditating and living out the Word of God. The more we soak ourselves in the truth of God’s word, the more our faith increases. Faith is confidence in things we hope for and asssurance of things we are yet to see. It is believing that God is still good even when tragedy comes to us. It is refusing to give up when life is hard because God says He has a plan to bless us and give us a bright future. It is standing on our identity as His masterpiece even when the world shouts that we do not fit in. It is believing that He loves us even when nobody does.
God longs to restore the dead places in our lives. No matter how dried up and worthless we may feel, or how dead in trespasses and sins, God can restore us to life through His Word and Spirit. God’s Word and His Spirit can bring life to any situation and to any soul no matter how utterly dead and hopeless it might be. Nothing is too hard for Him. What may appear hopeless and dead to us is a field full of possibilities for the Lord.