In a previous post I shared that I start my devotion times by writing down a sentence or two that bring praise and honor to the Lord. This is the best way to begin any prayer time, but especially one as important as your daily devotional prayer. Praising the Lord for his beauty and character reminds us that the center of the universe is not you and me. It is God! What a helpful reminder to keep our prayer times from becoming a self-centered gripe session or merely a long wining about what we wish God would do for us.
This may be hard to do in the beginning, but once you get used to starting your quiet times by just pondering God’s greatness and writing down something wonderful about him, you will not want to start any other way!
I often share these praises in my twitter feed, but usually in a shortened fashion. (That’s the tyranny of 140 characters.) Below is a listing of what I wrote down in the first half of June. See if these remind you of the greatness of our Lord. Add your own praises in the comment section below. Remember as you do that a praise is different from a thanksgiving. We praise God for who he is. We thank God for what he has done. These are praises.
If I get some responses, then I will list mine for the rest of the month in a future post.
- June 1: The Lord is unimpeachable. There is no higher authority. There is no principle, rule, or precedent that he is subject to.
- June 2: God has never failed to keep a promise, nor has he failed to keep a commitment.
- June 3: God is the highest ruler. Nothing can be appealed to a higher authority.
- June 4: God is all powerful. There is nothing that is beyond his power. There is nothing he desires to do that he is unable to do.
- June 5: The Lord forgives, and he does so perfectly and willingly.
- June 6: God is beautiful, which means he is perfect and complete. There is no attribute, authority, power, or any other adornment that could be added to the Lord that would make him more perfect.
- June 7: God’s power is inexhaustible. He never grows weary. Nothing is hard for him. There is never too much on his plate.
- June 8: The love of God is pure. He has no ulterior motives, no hidden agendas. He is under no compulsion. He simply, sincerely and profoundly loves me.
- June 9: The Lord knows all. Nothing happens anywhere, anytime that does not catch his attention and interest. Nothing surprises him.
- June 10: God is truthful. He has never needed to be corrected. He has never spoken unwise counsel.
- June 11: God is the embodiment of integrity. There is no space between what he says and what he does.
- June 12: The mercy of the Lord is great. He stands ready to forgive. He does not give mercy slowly, miserly or begrudgingly.
- June 13: God is eternal. Nothing came before him. There was never a time when he was not present. In the “beginning,” he was already there.
- June 14: God is caring. There is nothing that concerns me that does not also concern the Lord. There is no detail of my life of which he is not aware and interested.
- June 15: God is the sustainer. Not only is he the creator of all things, but he daily sustains all things. Nothing can exist apart from him.
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