Day 2: A for Always
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ Psalm 40:16 & Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
As we travel along, on the journey of faith, we encounter a variety of circumstances and situations on the way. Some bring us joy and gladness, others bring us sorrow and sadness. But while our circumstances change, God says in Malachi 3:6 “I am the Lord, and I do not change.’’ So, in all the changing scenes of life, our God remains changeless! We can turn our eyes from our the trials and tribulations which threaten to overwhelm us, to look at the unchanging goodness of God and his provision for us.
While we may find ourselves in difficult or dark places, I have discovered that one of the keys to navigating these choppy waters is to rejoice in God and to praise him. Praise was definitely the key to overcoming a deportation order as I described in Facing the Challenge
We can rejoice in God and praise him in a variety of ways. We can sing out loud, or silently in our hearts. We can use the Psalms – reading them aloud or silently. We can dance, we can write, we can engage in this, in whichever way seems best for us, in the season we find ourselves in. We may not feel great but he remains great!
PRAY Spend a few moments rejoicing in him and praising him. Then close with the Lord’s Prayer.
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from these verses in your journal.