We all need someone who listens to our greatest needs; that shoulder to lean on in times of trouble. We also need people that we can look up to; people who serve as role models and mentors to us. Very rare us it that we find one person to fill both of those important roles, but in the person of God we do have that one place to go for both comfort and guidance.
Scripture instructs us to take our needs to God. Nothing is too big or too small for God. We see this in Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
So often we spend most of our prayer time and quiet moments with God time giving Him our list of needs, but we are called to do more than ask God to provide for us. We are made to worship and glorify Him. Isaiah 43:7 tells us so – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
We want to share with you the first five verses of Psalm 103. These are wonderful verses to make part of your daily rhythms in 2018.
1 – Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 – Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits –
3 – who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases,
4 – who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 – who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(We encourage you to read Psalm 103 in its entirety.)
Make it a priority to spend time each day giving God the praise and glory He desires. Doing so helps you soak in His presence and His goodness. And know this – as soothing as it is to soak in a warm bathtub with aromatic salts, soaking in God’s presence is so much better. Soaking in the bathtub does not change you, being in God’s presence does!
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