The Journey with Ron Moore

Psalm 104:31-35
May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, my soul. Praise the LORD.

You don’t have to be an accomplished vocalist to sing praises to God. The believer is challenged to belt out proclamations of worship everyday, all day, “as long as I live.” Our tunes of praise may be personal renditions of well-known hymns or contemporary praise melodies, but “singing” is not the only way to “sing to the LORD.”

A life song is proclaimed throughout God’s daily assignments. Beautiful songs are sung when mothers tenderly care for their children and when fathers provide godly encouragement. Life songs hit the high notes when we serve others behind the scenes. Harmony is heard when believers work together in unity. Praise rises as we choose obedience over disobedience when no one is watching. Forgiving one another is a song that brings tears of joy.

Singing praises to God in the gathering of other believers is essential, powerful, and encouraging. It is the spiritual turbo charge that spurs our praise during the week. But praise doesn’t stop with the last note of the worship set. The most powerful praise songs are sung when you walk into your office or classroom on Monday morning with the attitude and actions that prove you are a child of the living God.

Father, make my life a song of praise that honors You with worship as long as I live. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 88:13-18  

But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me? From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair. Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend. 

You know your heart is heavy when it’s heavy in the morning; when the great challenge in your life settles in during your first conscious thoughts…when the dread of another day splashes over your mind before you can splash water on your face. 

You know your heart is heavy when it’s heavy in the morning; when the cries of the night become cries of the morning…when the night brought no resolve…and no peace. 

You know your heart is heavy when it’s heavy in the morning; when getting out of bed takes all of your energy…when you can barely get dressed…when your mind is so filled with that great challenge that nothing else is important. 

You know your heart is heavy when it’s heavy in the morning; when it feels like God is hiding His face…when the darkness of night is your companion during the day.

You know your heart is heavy when it’s heavy in the morning. And God knows it too. Your great challenge may still be with you at the end of the day, but God is there too. He desires to carry your heavy load. Hand it over and sleep well. 

Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like “overwhelmed,” “distraught,” and “exhausted” seem to describe where I am. I don’t know how to let You carry my heavy load, so please show me. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 30:1-5  
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

No person is spared from some trips down into the valleys but God lifts us out of the depths. No one is immune from illness but God comes to our aid. Life has its share of pits but God directs our paths around them or lifts us out of them. We are constantly calling for help. And…God never ignores our cries.

Even when we sin…even when the consequences come…even when we experience God’s displeasure, it is only for a moment. Like a loving father, His discipline is quick and to the point. But…His favor…His favor is experienced during our entire lives.

Tears will come…for a time. But it is only for a time. Rejoicing follows closely behind. Be encouraged. Your night will soon be over. The sun is rising on your life. A time of joy is on the way. Rejoicing will come in the morning.

Father, I can’t see Your plan in the darkness. Stay by my side as I wait for the coming morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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