One of the best things we can do is to stop and recognize God for who He is. When we ascribe to Him the posture of praise, we no longer focus on ourselves and the weight we carry, but on the worship He deserves as Creator of the universe.
Tonight, as you wind down from your day, quiet your mind and look to Him. He is your God. He created you; He loves you, and He wants to bless you with His presence. Let His voice speak into your soul-through prayer and meditation and through His Word. Let His promises to you speak louder than the concerns on your heart. Find rest in knowing He is your strength for life. He is your hope for eternity. And He is your peace for this night.
Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of His Holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD twists the aks
and strips the forests bare.
And in His temple all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to His people;
the LORD blesses His people with peace.
ADORATION: Meditate on the Lord's majesty and power, as described in today's psalm. Think about the fact that His voice is powerful enough to break cedars yet gentle enough to soothe your soul as you lie down to sleep. Allow His sovereignty, His power, and His gentleness to bring you hope for tomorrow and peace for tonight.
CONFESSION: Think of a time when you've allowed your circumstances to overshadow your praise and devotion to God. Confess any fears and doubts you have now that keep you from seeing Him and hearing His voice. Know He is always with you, and His power is always available to you.
THANKSGIVING: Think of a time when God's strength helped you face a difficult time in your life. Praise Him for how He is helping you now and the comfort that brings. Praise Him for His holy presence throughout your day and night, that His kind and loving nature is a part of who He is.
SUPPLICATION: Father, I look to You with a heart full of love and thanksgiving for You. Thank You for watching over my life and for speaking into my heart in exactly the ways I need. Thank You for being my strength, for blessing me with Your peace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
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