Daily D – Psalm 84:10-12
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. (NIV)
One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches. I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin. All sunshine and sovereign is God, generous in gifts and glory. He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions. It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies. (MSG)
Drought-busting rain is a gift of God’s grace. This cloudy, rainy Monday is a double blessing. We get the rain we need while knowing the sun shines on above the clouds.
Better than a double-rainbow is God’s wet kiss upon the earth. Better than a day at the beach is our “sunshine and sovereign” God.
Not even Karen Carpenter would sing the blues on this gray and grateful Monday.
How are you praising God for this morning?
What are you expressing thanksgiving for today?
Write it down. Lift it up. Live it out.
I will praise and thank our generous and gracious God.
Our Father, you are good to us! You are better to us than we deserve. You provide exactly what we need. You hear and answer our prayers. Thank you for your gifts of grace, mercy, and kindness. Empower us to live lives attuned with these characteristics marking your reality. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.