80s Christian Metal Blessings!
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Okay, cities are on fire. We are palpably divided as a nation. Anger seems to be boiling and threatening violence everywhere. Even in the church, God’s people struggle to love one another—as we respond to all that’s happening in our world through our personal political lenses.
How do we REJOICE and BE GLAD?
For me, it’s all about taking a deep breath, reminding myself that this world is NOT my home. I’m just passing through as a sojourner for Jesus—with my eyes fixed on the prize that God has called me toward—in Christ Jesus!
With that mindset, I regroup and say (daily, hourly) “Father, this is the day the YOU have made; I WILL (it’s a choice) rejoice and be glad in it!” I do this regularly.
And then we get about LIVING FOR JESUS, doing these four things:
#1. WE SPEAK GOD’S WORDS.
We allow God’s Word to season our thoughts and our conversations—with ourselves, with God and with others. We chose to make God’s Word the supreme guide as we navigate each day.
#2. WE DO GOD’S WORKS.
God calls us to love, serve, bless, encourage, teach, worship, declare, witness… we get about living for our Lord!
#3. WE SHOW GOD’S CHARACTER. I’ve always subtitled the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, “The Character Traits of Jesus.” So, as we walk through out day, our prayer is, “Lord, allow your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to be manifest in my life and interactions with others!
#4. WE PRAY GOD’S WILL.
The Apostle Paul exhorts us to pray about everything! (Phil. 4:6) Jesus set the ultimate example of prayer for us with his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he prayed, “…nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” (Mt. 26:39). I use those two statements as BOOKENDS for my prayer life.
“God, here is my heart—I’m praying about EVERYTHING! Here’s my will… my desires… my requests----Here is what I believe your Spirit and Word are leading me to pray about and for... BUT, I lay it ALL at your feet with this humble, worshipful, addition, may YOUR WILL be done, because in the end, I want YOUR will more than anything!”
Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I.e. When we CHOOSE to reject anxiety and to trust God with all of our concerns---His PEACE (which is bigger, better than words can describe) will GUARD (literally protect) our heart----and from THAT PEACEFUL PLACE---We can REJOICE and BE GLAD in our Savior Jesus each day!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,