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Day Five: He is Our Portion - Expect Him

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Psalm 63:3-8 – Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”

David rose early to seek God, to place his life before Him. Early in the morning, when hope is at its loudest, when newness is represented across the universe, David prayed. He worshiped, expecting God’s presence. He lifted his hands as an expression of adoration, reverence, and surrender. He lifted his hands as an outward sign of his faith: “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You! I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer” (vs. 3-4).

Lifting up hands is the oldest gesture of prayer. We surrender ourselves. We step out in faith and stir up our souls (mind, will, and emotions).
When life’s harshness invades your soul, it can feel very difficult to pull yourself out of the darkness. But this is where God’s Spirit, already alive within us, is activated by our faith. Our spirits are rekindled by being bold in our declarations of faith, by being obedient to Scriptures. Lift up your head, lift up your hands, and worship Him. This is why David could say, “Your love is better than life,” even when the world around him looked dim. Worship changes everything - even a desert wilderness becomes a place of sweet fellowship with God.

David’s confession stirred his faith as he meditated on God’s faithfulness rather than his situation. He said, “I will rejoice in the shadow of your wing, and my soul follows close behind You.” What do you do when your soul aches and you can’t sleep or you have wakeful moments of anxiety in the night? David said that he worshiped and praised God. As he poured out his heart in worship day and night to God, David discovered strength. His faith rose.

In the wilderness, go to the Word, meditate on the Word, and speak the Word in worship. Your hunger and thirst, your expectation that God will draw near, will be satisfied.
(Taken from Darlene Zschech’s Worship Changes Everything.)


Day Four: Renewed Remembrances

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Day Three: Look Up - He Never Sleeps

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Day Two: Remembering Our Father’s Words

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Day One: Look Up - Oh How He Loves Us

Monday, August 1st, 2016