This morning after taking Brynn to school I came back to my office here at the house to begin working on my agenda for the day. My plans were to spend some time in prayer, but to be honest the way I was feeling it was going to be more of a complaining session to God, and giving God some advice about some areas that He could fix some things that I have been dealing with.
As I walked by my bookshelf, I looked down and a book titled “31 Days of Praise” written by Ruth Myers, looked like it was waving at me or almost screaming at me, “Hey Clint, you need a praise break buddy”. I immediately had this thought in my mind, why don’t you read Day 1 of this book instead of having the “complaining session” or “Trying to tell God how He can fix things” in your life.
So….I picked the book up and opened to Day 1 and thought let’s get this over so that I can tell God some things and get some things “off my chest” (I looked this Idiom up, it means “to tell someone about something that has been worrying you. I sometimes discuss my problems with someone else just to get them off my chest.”). And a “Spiritual session” of getting things off my chest sounded real good.
Well…about 15 minutes later after reading and Praising Day 1 out loud about 3 or 4 times, I no longer needed that complaining session with God. My attitude and spirit toward the day was completely different than it had been 15 minutes earlier. I still have to deal with the stuff that I was wanting to complain, but after the Praise Break, it doesn’t look near as daunting and overwhelming as it did previously.
I thought I would share day 1 here and then recommend that you purchase, 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers. Maybe a Praise Break can help you today as it did me!
Day 1 of 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers
My heart rejoices in You, Lord, for you are my strong shelter in times of trouble and danger and stress, my hiding place to whom I may continually resort…my Father who lovingly provides for me…my shepherd who guides and protects me…my Champion who upholds my cause as His child and defends my highest interests…my Bridegroom who delights in me…my God who is mighty to save, who rests in His love for me and rejoices over me with singing, with shouts of joy. You are my inheritance, my share in life, the One who satisfies my longing soul and fills my hungry soul with goodness.
I praise You for Your love and Your wisdom. You are too wise to ever make a mistake, too loving to ever do anything unkind. You act on my behalf, accomplishing what concerns me and fulfilling Your purpose for me as I call on You. Thank You that You love me deeply and tenderly. You are compassionate and gracious, full of lovingkindness, ready to forgive, patiently considerate, and generous beyond imagining. You desire my love and rejoice to do good things for me. You delight to give me the desires of my heart as I delight myself in You. How precious is Your love to me, O God! I sing for joy as I take refuge in the shadow of Your wings!
Psalm 91:1-2 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge a fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Scripture references by paragraph
Psalm 27:5; 71:3; 91:1-2; Matthew 6:25-26; Psalm 23:1-3; Isaiah 62:5b; Zephaniah 3:17-18; Psalm 16:5-6:107:9
Psalm 57:2; 138:8; 86:5; 103:8; Matthew 22:37; Jeremiah 32:41; Psalm 37:4; 36:7; 63:7