Thought for the day
SING AND BE JOYFULL
Isaiah 49:13††† New American Standard Bible
13††††††††† Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted.
As the day breaks and our minds slowly blend into conscious reality, we are often confronted with problems and situations far beyond our control.† Our inability to deal with the difficulties before us becomes very clear. The temptation to return to quiet slumber and rest is extreme.
But, as surely as the night fades into the dawning of the morning, we are forced to face the responsibilities before us. Our troubles and afflictions seem overwhelming.† Joy gives way to despondency; peace is displaced by worry and concern. Life seems so difficult that it is hardly worth the effort.
But, wait!† Let us remember that we serve Almighty God. He has made a covenant with his people. He will keep and preserve us. His promises are sure. His great arm of strength is not limited. We shall walk in victory and peace as we determine to live by faith.
Godís ability becomes our own!† His promises become reality.† Our failures and shortcomings are transformed into success and fulfillment.†
Let us break forth into joyful shouting and happiness.† Surely the Lord has comforted us. We are sustained by his compassion for our affliction. Let us lift our hearts in praise. Godís great love for his people will sustain and keep us.
The angels of Heaven shout for joy, and all the earth declares his glory. We, the Sons of God, can† live in overcoming victory through His compassion and love.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for your covering of love and protection. Please transform my affliction and troubles into strength and victory. I want to bring glory to your name. Please help me look to you for my ability and strength. Help me to be an overcoming and faithful child of God. I pray in the name Jesus, my Redeemer. Amen.