The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song, I praise him.
Don’t you just love these Bible Verses that build your trust and hope in the LORD?
I sure do. Who doesn’t need to be reminded that God is our strength and shield?
Though the mountains may crumble and fall into the sea, He is ever with us, upholding us, sustaining us.
We watch the news and see the horrors happening across the world. We must remember God is in control.
And though threats and scare tactics come near us, we stand strong in the LORD as our refuge and strength.
He is our shield. He is for those who trust in Him with their lives.
God promises to help us no matter our circumstances as we believe in Him. Hold on to that hope.
So as we hold on to the promises of God, naturally our hearts burst with joy! Gladness fills our soul.
We have a hope worth holding on to! God is our protector. He covers us with His feathers and surrounds us with peace.
So as our hearts fill up and joy consumes us, we sing to Him with songs of joy.
I wrote about that yesterday.
There are many routes to singing with joy. You will find your own way, or have found it long ago.
I’d like to share a lovely poem with you I had hanging on my fridge for a season. It is by Helen Steiner Rice.
Each day at dawning I lift my heart high,
And raise my eyes to the infinite sky,
I watch the night vanish as a new day is born,
And I hear the birds sing on the wings of the morn.
I see the dew glisten in crystal-like splendor,
While God with a touch that is gentle and tender,
Wraps up the night and softly tucks it away,
And hangs out the sun to herald a new day.
And so I give thanks,
My heart kneels to pray.
God, keep me and guide me and go with me today.
I’ve always liked that poem. I must admit, getting up early to see the dawning of a new day is getting harder as it stays darker in the mornings now.
There is something beautiful and peaceful about greeting each new day early, and in God’s presence. It just looks different in those winter months. Perhaps you are under a cozy fur blanket first thing in the morning. It might be cold in the house. The sun is not yet up. Perhaps your coffee and Bible rest on top of the props on the couch? Maybe you have a fireplace giving you added warmth?
Regardless of how you begin, it is important to embrace the new day with God. There is no rule written in stone about when to do your personal devotions. I prefer to begin my day that way. I need guidance for the new day.
As we prepare for those colder days ahead, let us do so with the joy of the LORD being our strength.
There is much to be grateful for in any season. The warmth of the summer sun does something for us, but we can make the best of those cold, dark days as well. Let’s hunker down and get closer to our great God, who promises to our strength, our shield, our joy, our help, and our song, even all winter long.
In our closet there are at least fifty books crying to be read. So my fall and winter evenings are booked.
What about you?
Let us praise Him in song all fall and all winter long, and all our days long or short, whatever God gives us.
“MY HEART LEAPS FOR JOY.”