You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy

I have a little verse-a-day calendar next to my bed, which I remember to flip to a new verse about once every three days. It’s been on the same page for the last few days, but this time it was on purpose. I just loved the passage!

It’s from Psalm 65 (go read the whole thing, actually… it’s amazing!).

The calendar just uses verses 5-8:

By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;
Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.
They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

I love it! What worship!

dawnThe last verse reminded me of the classic worship song “Your Name,” so I was listening to it this morning and thought you may want to include it in your morning worship as well. It also references two other great verses about the power of God’s name:

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

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As treasures of the darkness grow

When Trials Come by Keith & Kristyn Getty

We are loved at the end of our rope

Before I share this song, I have to recommend the artist. I have fallen in the love with All Sons & Daughters in recent years, and I think you will too! If you’re looking for some new (or new-to-you) Christian/worship music, check out their album Season 1 (or any of their albums are great!).

This is a lovely, simple song about how incredibly blessed we are, in all seasons of life. Perhaps today in your pain, sadness, confusion and/or waiting, it will prompt you to journal a list of blessings in your life. 

We are loved at the end of our rope
When we’re less there is more of the Lord
In the fight for our souls we must learn to let go
And abandon who we are

We are loved when we feel all is lost
When the shadows are cast on the cross
Only then can we know the embrace of the one
Who’s carried us along

We are blessed, we are blessed 

We are loved when we feel most content
With who we are, nothing more nothing less
We’ll inherit the earth declaring Your worth
Bring glory to Your name

We are blessed, we are blessed 

We’re blessed, we’re loved
Our hearts, our souls
We now rejoice, rejoice

…And just for fun, I’m adding a bonus song! My favorite song by them, called Dawn to Dusk:

I will be still

A song of peace for your weary heart today…

 

Psalm 36 – Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

Please read and reflect on these beautiful truths from Psalm 36:5-8, then enjoy the worship song the follows.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;

your judgments are like the great deep;

man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house,

and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;

in your light do we see light.

Bless the Lord, O my soul

Lately in my Bible time I’ve been reading my “regularly scheduled” passage (I happen to be in Galatians), then I’ll flip to Psalms and choose one or two at random to read and think about. Today’s was Psalm 103, and it was just perfect. Of course it brought to mind Matt Redman’s new-ish song, “10,000 Reasons,” which is based on this Psalm. My husband and I have found this worship song to be very special to our hearts in our infertility. It’s one of our go-to songs. We love the biblical-ness, of course, and it’s so valuable to sing truth to yourself in this time. We also appreciate the reminder to be overflowing with praise and gratitude for all the Lord has done in our lives, as it can be such a temptation to “forget His benefits” when waiting for Him to answer this one request.

Please join me in reading Psalm 103 aloud, then meditate on the beautiful worship song.

Psalm 103 (ESV)

Of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

blesstheLord6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

 

A Song of Hope

We sang this song at small group recently, and I liked the upbeat nature, the emphasis on hope, and the truth that “knowing You are near is enough.” I thought it would be a nice pick-me-up for you today. Enjoy!

In my darkest night You brighten up the skies
A song will rise

I will sing a song of hope, sing along
God of heaven come down, heaven come down
Just to know that You are near is enough
God of heaven come down, heaven come down

Read more: Robbie Seay Band – Song Of Hope (Heaven Come Down) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Blessed be Your name when I’m found in the desert place

This has been our family’s special song since before we God married. It is our theme — to praise God no matter what. Obviously, it’s perfect for this trial — this “desert place.”

If you’re creative, I have a suggestion for you. In college a good friend of mine had our Bible study group do an activity where we rewrote the lyrics to match our life situation. The song’s lyrics go back and forth from good and bad things, and it’s great to apply it to your life.

Something like…

Blessed be Your name when I’m in the doctor’s office again

When we get a negative again

Blessed be Your name.

Blessed be Your name, when the baseline looks promising

When the agency accepts our papers

Blessed be Your name.

Ok, yeah, I just made those up on the spot, but you get the idea. 🙂 Anyway, be blessed and bless the Lord!