A Psalm for This New Year

Dawn of a new day and a new year

God has numbered our days (Psalm 90)
In Him—there is redemption for days past.
In Him—there is guidance and strength for today.
In Him—there is hope for all the days in our future.

You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. (Psalm 139:5-6)

In these times of great turmoil, Lord teach me to number my days in You.

Dreaming Dreams

The Dream

In the last days, God says, 
I will pour out my Spirit on all people. 
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17

Lord, pour out Your Spirit for all to see.
Dreaming Your dream of love for me.
Inspire the vision for the Word You give,
So others may dream love’s dream and live.

God is the dreamer, and we are His dream. All we need do is ask and believe.

“But to all who believed Jesus and accepted Him, He gave the right to become the children of God.” John 1:12 NLT

A Psalm for the spiritually poor

Rain for a dry land

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

How do I make worship of You fresh and meaningful?
How do I make my praise filled with vibrance and zest?
How do I make prayer life changing?
How do I make Your word jump off the page?
I can’t do this.

I come and fall before You in humility for my barren spirit.
You have said a broken and contrite heart you will not turn away.
Lord, let Your Spirit move and transform me.
Even if it is the thousandth time.
You can do this.
I know You want to do this.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.

You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. Psalm 139:6

Rejoice!

Sunrise on Wedge Mountain

The Lord is near,
I can be gentle,
I can be kind.

The Lord is my Shepherd,
He knows my way,
I can rest in Him.

The Lord will never leave me,
night will not overcome,
nor fear drive Him away.

The Lord is near,
I can lie down in peace,
I can rise up in joy.

Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, rejoice!

( Philippians 4:4-5; Psalm 23; Hebrews 13:5)

Through the Gates of His Love

Icicle River

Though I don’t deserve it,
through His grace I can receive it.
Though my words can’t describe it,
through His Spirit I can walk in it.
I can make no promises about my future,
other than He will never leave me.
His love and goodness woven into my life… forever.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Dancing Before the Lord

Declaring the glory of God

Clouds blossoming in the blue sky.
Do they portend rain?
Or are they just dancing before the sun?
I don’t know, but it is joy to watch.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

A Vortex of Praise

When I find myself trapped in the vortex of worry—
The pandemic, climate change, an aging body.
I feel like life is going down the drain.
Then I remember God created me for this exact time in history.
He knew all my days when He formed me in the womb.
I know He loves me and has good things for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
He is with me, so my heart takes courage and rejoices in the hope I have in Him.
His Holy Spirit guides me and will transform my anxiety to trusting in Him.
So that I might be able to test approve His will.
His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2).
In Jesus the vortex of worry becomes one of praise.