I woke up this morning and threw on Pandora as I got ready. The first song that came up was "Psalm 118" by Shane and Shane. I found my heart being filled with praise for my King as I listened to the words of the Psalms put to music.
I continued to get ready, and as I opened my Bible for my daily quiet time, I found that my reading for the day came from Psalm 118. I could not be more excited to dive into the Scripture and really find what the Lord was teaching me.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His lovingkindness endures forever" (Psalm 118:1). I found myself dwelling on that verse. God is good, even when things around us seem bleak. We can find our strength in the reminder that His very character is love and kindness. Whatever it is that comes our way, we can truly turn it back to praise because we know He is good.
What really convicted me was verse 24. "This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I don't know about you, but I cannot honestly say I have been choosing to rejoice in the days given to me by the Lord. As any teacher knows, the end of the year can be hard. As the year comes to a close, it is easy to let the countdown consume and the heart to detach. As any wife knows, there are days when you are tired and being a Proverbs 31 wife is the last thing you want to be doing. As any woman waiting to be a mom knows, it is easy to focus on the waiting rather than praising God for giving you this season in your life.
It is so easy to let days go by without allowing your heart to be captivated by the awesome ways in which God is at work. Through this morning's song and Scripture reading, I was really challenged to see the stitching of God throughout my day and rejoice in that. Instead of moving through routine, I was reminded of my need to sing out to Him constantly. To allow little joys and trials to point my focus upwards. Oh Lord, may I truly rejoice in the day you have given. Will you join me in choosing to be glad at whatever may come today?