Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22 - From the Rising of the Sun

Today's Reading:
2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
Philippians 2:19-3:3
Psalm 113:1-9
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Focus Verses: 
Psalm 113:2-4
2 Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. 4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens.


From the beginning of the day to its ending, the Lord is worthy of my praise. From the beginning of my week through its conclusion, the Lord is worthy of honor each and every day. His love is higher than the heavens, and his faithfulness reaches beyond the skies. The contemplation of all God has made and has done call for a response of worship and thanksgiving.

Response and Action:I want praise and thanksgiving to be the central ingredient of my day. I want to lift up praise to the Lord. I will worship him and stand in awe of his mighty acts. I will thank him for his grace and his faithfulness. I will wake up to all of the reasons to give glory to God.

O God, give me the eyes to see your goodness, and the mind to remember your faithfulness to your people throughout history. Give me a heart that is ready to worship you all day every day, and a voice that is quick to sing your praise. Thank you for your grace and mercy toward me, a sinner. Thank you for the redemption you have given through Christ. Thank you for the transformation and renewal you make possible by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 12:1-2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Reflections on the Psalms
by C. S. Lewis

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