In the Morning, In Our Midst

The Lord within her is righteous; he does no injustice; every morning he shows forth his justice; each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame. ‘Fear not; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.'” “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Zephaniah 3:5,16-17; Lamentations 3:22-23

Every morning, we awaken and find the earth still spins, the sun rises again…and if we think about it, we realize God’s faithfulness is sustaining our world and He is upholding all by His power. A rush into the day precludes our acknowledging His powerful backdrop to our lives; taking time to commune with our First Love and source of our very life bring vital energy, hope, purpose, and comfort. (Genesis 8:22; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 2:4; Acts 17:28)

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Just what does He promise for every day? His word promises righteousness, justice, His unfailing presence. He watches us, rejoices over us, and showers His new, fresh mercies down into every crevice of our days. He is mighty, He is loving, He is faithful. How does that affect our morning outlook?  We may awaken to a full to-do list, or a dreaded doctor appointment, or a meeting with someone that we anticipate will be uncomfortable; we may simply face an open schedule where hours will fill up with what is now unknown– demands on our time and talents. But we can count on God to remain true to His character and to His ongoing work on our behalf and to fulfill His eternal intentions. Our response can be to trust, to take courage, to go forth in peace, without fear, and with confidence in His love and goodness and steadfast presence.

“Awake, my soul, and with the sun my daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice.”  ~Thomas Ken (1695)

Lord, when I rise, let me look on You Who are already risen and reign. Cause me to take rest because You are in my midst, take focus to praise You for You, and take up Your mantle for my day. You Who bring each morning to bear bring each part of the day that dawns, and You bear me up as my trustworthy and constant Companion. This is the day You have made; may I ever rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)

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