“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
I have to wake up praising God. My alarm is set to a particular radio station (www.klove.com). On the mornings my alarm is set; I wake up thanking the Lord for all He has poured into my life. In between the snoozes I spend time thanking Him, lifting my day to Him, and praising His mighty name. On the days my alarm isn’t set; I have a great deal of trouble mustering the words of thanksgiving on my own…without a reminder. It isn’t as though my day is shot or I don’t recognize the greatness of God in my life. Rather it’s as though that initial prompt from the alarm clock is just enough to set my mind fully on Christ. I need a reminder.
Isn’t that sad? I need to be reminded to thank God for the many blessings He has lavished me with. I have to have something tangible…something affecting my senses…to really spend the rest of my day in His presence. I must repent.
He never forgets me or you. He is ever-present. He never needs an alarm or an alarming situation to remember His beloved. He has His eye on us every moment of the day (and night). He is always with us.
I want to be like Him. I want to set my sights daily, without reminder, on His goodness. I am not a subject of Pavlovian law…my love and praise should not be a relationship of cause and effect, prompted by the poor reception of an old radio. I should be soaking in His goodness each moment of the day. I should recognize, in everything, His presence. I should do this all without a gentle nudge. It should be the way I live my life; fully aware of the power of Christ.
I am going to seek Him in all the things I do. I will seek to find Him in the eyes and hearts of my children. I will feel His presence as I kiss my husband hello from a long day. I will look out the window at the graying sky and thank Him for the impending rain…it gives life. I am grateful beyond measure that while I may turn my back on Him throughout the day, He NEVER ever does the same.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am awed and amazed at how You love me. I am beyond thankful for the blessings You pour over me and mine. I will seek to praise You without prompt. Thank You for always being so very patient with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.