“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen.” The Doxology (A Methodist Hymn – as far as I know, do other denominations sing this too?)
The LORD on high is my God. To You I raise my voice, to You YHWH I shout my praise. You O LORD are mighty to save and worthy of praise! You are the LORD my God, of whom shall I be afraid. For Lord, if You are with me then who can be against me? If You are fighting with me then I need only to be still and know that You are God. You are my rock and my salvation my fortress when I am weak of whom shall I fear? For Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You’ve led me beside still waters in times of turmoil and unrest. You have placed me in green pastures and fields of plenty in times of want. When others around me fall prey to the Hunter’s snare, You hold me safe in the palm of Your hand. You protect me when I am weak, You are my strength. You are my GOD of whom shall I fear?
When I am in want You are my plenty, when I am thirsty You fill my cup. When I am hungry You bring me bread. When I feel alone You are my companion. When I am sad, You lift me up. When I am weak, You are my strength. My hope when I am hopeless, You are my defense when I am defenseless. Like a lost sheep crying out in the wilderness You rescue me and carry me home on Your broad shoulders. You hold up the whole world and yet never do I slip through Your fingers. You watch over the entire creation, and yet never forget to look at me. Lord, You hold me and comfort me, You love me with a love that has no abandon or limit. Your love is an ocean and I want to swim to the deepest depths. Your love is a tidal wave, let it wash over me with a strength that knocks me to my knees in praise of You! Lord, I have seen with my own eyes the physical financial bounty that You have poured out on others around me. Your goodness in the land of the living. I have seen the miracles You’ve done in my own house and I praise You for them because You are mighty to save and worthy of praise.
“O eternal God, light surpassing all other light because all light comes from You! O fire surpassing every fire because You alone are the fire that burns without consuming! You consume whatever sin and selfishness You find in the soul. Yet Your consuming does not distress the soul but fattens her with insatiable love, for though You satisfy her she is never sated but longs for You constantly. The more she possesses of You the more she seeks You and the more she seeks and desires You the more she finds and enjoys You.” *
Lord, You are the God of hope and You fill me with all joy and peace as I place my trust in You alone. My heart overflows with excited hope and anticipation through the power of the Holy Spirit. “With Your hand You drove out the nations and planted our fathers; You crushed the peoples and made our fathers flourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was YOUR right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You loved them. You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. Through You we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.” Psalm 44:2-8
Pray this prayer with/for your family today: “Lord, God Almighty, holy is Your name. We the __________ family place our trust in You and You alone. We believe in Your promises that they are true and that You are who You say You are. Lord, the _________ Family believes that You will do for us what You’ve told us that You will do. We believe that we are who YOU say we are – Your beloved children, no longer slaves to Sin, Fear, Doubt, or even Hesitation. We the ______________’s believe that Your word IS alive and that it is active in us. We the __________________’s believe that together we CAN do all things through Christ who gives us strength! We’re no longer just believing IN You Lord; today, we’re believing YOU! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
* Quote from Women of Faith Study Bible, New International Version. 2001. Zondervan. Catherine of Siena. P. 428