God Almighty, you have remembered your people throughout the millennia with wondrous works and powerful deeds. Today I give thanks to you for giving me your Son, the Lord Jesus, and accomplishing the mightiest work of all: securing my deliverance from sin, death, and hell. May the Name of Jesus be praised! Amen
There are days when we all get up on the wrong side of the bed. And there are days when we arise feeling refreshed and ready to seize the day. Then there are most days – we are neither energized nor grumpy but “meh.” Just as the necessity of a decent breakfast is important to get a good start to the day, so beginning the day with some good spiritual food is a must to fortify our lives and set them on a solid trajectory for success. We cannot simply rely on feeding upon God when we feel like it, for then we will succumb to all the vicissitudes and variegations of life, becoming slaves to our own emotions.
One way of taking charge of our spiritual lives is beginning the day with the psalmist. Psalm 105 calls us to give thanks to God; call upon his name; make known his deeds; sing to him; glory in his name; seek him; and remember his wondrous works. As we orient our minds and hearts from sleep to work, we are to cultivate and tend to our spiritual selves like a garden that needs attention lest the weeds take over.
God keeps his promises to his people. As we recall and remember those promises, and realize that God remembers us, we can allow praise, singing, and thanksgiving to arise along with our bodies. Perhaps before even getting out of bed in the morning, we can reach over, grab our Bible, tablet, or smartphone and read these words of Psalm 105 so that our day is formed around the positive promises of God and not the negative thoughts of our minds. And at night, the same ritual could be done before falling asleep so that our day is bookended with remembering God’s works. For the Bible is not simply some old book to adore from afar, but a living word from God to shape our minds and form our hearts.