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09/07/2021 03:00 - 10/07/2021 02:00

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble” – Psalm 59:6 (NIV)

It’s a fact well established universally that the first thing that settles on every bird around the globe once it is up in the morning is chirp a song. Birds sing through the day but the morning chorus when they break into their songs is their finest hour. Many around the world use this outbreak of fresh songs from a chorus of birds as a signal to start a new day.

Researchers have found a number of reasons why birds are so possessed with this early morning activity. One reason is, light levels are too dim for birds to do much foraging in the morning, and so why not use this as a great opportunity to sing. Another reason is for the males to declare aloud that they control territory. But a greater reason is for every bird to give notice by praising its creator that its, well, much still alive. However harsh the past day might have been, with little food gathered, forget that, there is a new day with all its promises. So why not praise the creator for another day!

Now, if birds are so aware of this supreme fact, which they look up to and dare not start a day without, how about us humans? When one takes into account all that could have happened through the day, and is up and bright, how about agreeing with King David, who once wrote, “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:4-5).

Yes, joy comes in the morning, no matter how bad the past day was, for the new day breaks with its new promises. Joy comes in the morning for the new day is a gift from God where others do not have life but you are still here. Why not praise God as life cannot be taken for granted, anyway.

David goes on to conclude his psalm, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30: 11-12).

So, today, rise up and give thanks to the Almighty God with a song of praise. Of course you can do all that through the day. But like the birds of the earth, the morning hour, could be one way to start, with a song of praise and hope!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as the new day breaks, I give thanks to you for the gift of life, and start with a song of praise, for you are good and your favor lasts for a lifetime, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!

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