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“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
Upon awaking, what thoughts rummage through your mind? Before getting out of bed, do you dread the day? Do you awake with a downcast spirit that provokes anxiety? On the other hand, do you arise with a positive, ready to start the day attitude knowing that the Lord is with you?
Typically, the attitude you choose to start with will generally determine the quality of your day. If you decide to harbor a poor, discouraged outlook, chances are you will find neither recourse nor upswing throughout the day. However, if you elect a positive stance at the break of each new morning, more often than not a good day will transpire. In Psalm 118:24 we read, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” How have you been greeting each new day the Lord gives you?
Have you been forfeiting the blessings and good things the Lord desires to bestow upon you in exchange for fretting, dreading, and not trusting in Him who loves you? Do you realize it is impossible for you to embrace and enjoy the present day if you are fussing over what already took place or what might transpire in the days to come?
In Philippians 4:4-7 we read, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When you begin your day in prayer, with rejoicing and thankfulness, and trust in the Lord with all your heart, this opens opportunities for Him to move and work on your behalf. Inwardly, God’s peace will permeate your heart and mind and outwardly, He begins to work on the circumstances that you have entrusted to Him.
At the break of each new day, I often profess out load, “It’s going to be a good day!” Instantly a quiver runs up my core, something good stirs within my heart as I anticipate and look forward to receiving the blessings the Lord has in store. On days that I begin to worry about the outcome of a far off tomorrow, I realize I am not trusting in Him and my gladness in the present day dissipates. I need to cast that care unto the Lord so His joy and peace may continue to dwell within.
If you are fretting the upcoming day, do not let your heart or mind be troubled, turn to God who knows all. Be steadfast in starting each new day with God, a positive mindset, and gladness adorning your heart.
Father, I know that Your promises are new every morning. Help me to remember that as I’m reaching for the alarm clock. May the joy of your love be the first thing my mind settles on at the break of day. Amen.
Questions: Where is your attitude at today? How can you rejoice in the Lord?